Tarenna asiatica (L.) Kuntze ex K.Schum., Bot. Tidsskr. 24: 332 1902. (Syn: Canthium corymbosum (Willd.) Pers.; Chomelia asiatica (L.) Kuntze ..; Cupia corymbosa (Willd.) DC.; Gardenia pavetta Roxb. ex Wight & Arn.; Genipa pavetta (Roxb. ex Wight & Arn.) Baill.; Pavetta wightiana Wall. [Invalid]; Polyozus maderaspatana DC.; Rondeletia asiatica L.; Stylocoryna incerta (Koord. & Valeton) Elmer ..; Tarenna corymbosa (Willd.) Pit. ……; Webera asiatica (L.) Bedd. ….);
India to Nansei-shoto and Borneo: Andaman Is., Bangladesh, Borneo, India, Laos, Nansei-shoto, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam as per POWO;
Common name:
Asiatic Tarenna • Hindi: Bingi Papadi • Marathi: Patale, Kare • Tamil: Tharani, Kottam • Malayalam: Tharana, Pavattachedi, Kuppipoovu • Telugu: Konda Papidi • Kannada: Kumngida, Kalgorvi • Konkani: Kupi ;

Rubiaceae for id 300810MK2 – efloraofindia | Google Groups : 13 posts by 7 authors. Attachments (4)
please help to identify this Rubiaceae shrub. Could this be Tarenna asiatica? or any other species?


26-08-2010 / 01:00 PM

Location- Place, Altitude, GP

Moyar valleyt; ca. 300msl; TN

Habitat- Garden/ Urban/ Wild/ Type-

barren hillock; wild

Plant Habit-



Up to 2.5 metre

Leaves Type/ Shape/ Size-

ca.5 X 12cm; acute apex;

Inflorescence Type/ Size-

terminal thryse

Flowers Size/ Colour/ Calyx/ Bracts-

Fruits Type/ Shape/ Size Seeds- 

ca.1cm across

Yes …, it is Tarenna asiatica.

Tarenna asiatica indeed 

Looks more like Ixora leucantha which is found in such dry areas and low elevation scrub forests. Tarrena asiatica is a high elevation plant of the evergreen forests. 

It is Tarenna asiatica only. Ixora leucantha is a very different plant

Thank you very much for the identification of this shrub. I would be happier if any one could post a picture of Ixora leucantha plant for comparison.T. asiatica is also found in regions closer to coastal areas like Chennai. You might be referring to a different variety of this T.asiatica.

Thats an interesting bit of information. I didnt know you get it at sea level as well. Never the less, sending Muthu a picture of what I think is Ixora leucantha

Here is the picture of what I have identified as Ixora leucantha. Looks very similar to the plant posted here. Gamble’s flora and a few other sources report Tarenna asiatica to be the plant of the Shola forests. This is why I feel the plant posted here and also the one around chennai is unlikely to be Tarenna asiatica. Attachments (1)

The flowers in your picture look unmistakably like those of Tarenna asiatica in this picture http://www.biotik.org/india/species/t/tareasia/tareasia_17_en.html
and others in these links 
This site also says, “Along margins of high elevation evergreen forests above 1600 m.” This is the only puzzling part. 

All of you were right all along. The plant posted by … and me is Tarenna asiatica. I got misled by the fact that its only known to occur along margins of shola forest. However its not true, its very common in dry forests of low elevations as well. The shola forest one is a different variety though. Sorry for that 

The plant posted by you might be a variety called Tarenna asiatica (L.) Kuntze ex K. Schum. var. montana (Thw.) Raju
Found only in Evergreen forests of high altitudes.
Also this might be possible: Tarenna asiatica (L.) Kuntze ex K. Schum. var. asiatica forma rigida (Wight) Raju

No the one posted by me is not from the montane forests but from Banergatta National Park. Its Tarenna asiatica proper. T.asiatica var montana seems to have larger flowers

Hmmmmm….Bennargatta NP. Surely it is T.asiatica only… it may extant up to 1300m altitude mostly in gaps and edges.
If you id Rubiaceae plants without mature fruits it may mislead you quite a distance. Mostly people avoid characters of fruits from the
key.. and look in to flower and leaf characters… But mature fruits are very very important as far as Rubiacean plant id is concerned.
Once you id any plant with fruit and flower characters, note down the important distinguishing morphological characters. Life would become
easy.. Try this with the genus.. Psychotria… and Hedyotis. If you succeed, then you can become master of the family Rubiaceae.

Request for ID : 260411 : AK-1:
Taken at the Flower Show at Jijamata Udyan in Mumbai in February,2011.
Fragrant flowers, resembling the Gardenia variety known as ‘Dikamali’ but much smaller in size.
Size approximately as that of a Jasmine flower.

Tarenna asiatica (L.) Kuntze ex Schum


Rubiaceae Week: 12022012 BS-1 Gardenia sp for id from Tirupati:
Gardenia sp for id from Tirupati
I could not remind the details about this large Shrub except that this was shot from Sri Venkateshwera zoo Tirupati
I think growing wild there if cultivated totaly unattended

It is a Chomelia asiatica . Old name: Tarenna asiatica. Telugu name: Kommi. Commonly available in all deciduous forests.

Tarenna asiatica (L.) Kuntze ex K.Schum. is the currect name, as per The Plants List http://www.theplantlist.org/tpl/record/kew-201693


Request Tree ID 64 – Bangalore RA:
Lalbagh, Bangalore

Please check for species of Pavetta of Rubiaceae family.

Yes, … is correct that Pavetta is tetramerous not pentamerous. As he suggested this plant could be Tarenna (kindly note the spelling). Please check Tarenna asiatica
Thanks … for the correction.

Oxyceros rugulosus, Rubiaceae 🙂

This flower looks like Tarenna asiatica as suggested by …
I had posted these earlier from Flower Show in Mumbai.

This is Tarenna asiatica for sure.


Rubiaceae Week :: Tarenna asiatica – Asiatic Tarenna Tree:
Asiatic Tarenna is a compact bush to a small tree, up to 6 m tall.

Bark is greyish brown, scaly; blaze with orange speckles.
Elliptic to elliptic-ovate, leaves are 8-18 cm long, 4-8 cm wide, with short elongation at the tip. Leaf stalk is up to 0.5-2 cm. Leaf margin is entire and somewhat curled.
Flowers are borne in corymb-like cymes, at the end of branches. They are cream to yellow, nearly stalkless, with 5 oblong petals. Stamens are 5, with large anthers.
Fruit is a 2-celled berry, with many seeds.
Asiatic Tarenna is found in Western Ghats.

All your pictures are real treat to eyes.

Is this specimen also from Lalbagh?

Its from lalbagh



Rubiaceae Week : :09022012 TBN 1:Alagarkoil, Madurai.: 1 image.

Please identify the plant which was posted earlier in eflora. I had thought it to be Tarenna asiatica. Whereas it was identified as Pavetta species
Please do the needful.
Place :Silambar valley ,Alagarkoil Hills, Madurai/Natham.
Time : 09 .01.2005
Habit :Shrub
Habitat : Wild
Plant Height :5 feet
Flower :inflorescence
Apologies if it does not meet the posting requirements.

It looks like Tarenna asiatica to me too.


MS ID 121 June 2013 – Id requested – Rubiaceae member. : Attachments (2). 5 posts by 4 authors.
Please ID the plant photographed in Chamundi Hills, Mysore on 19.5.2013

Tarenna asiatica

Tarenna asiatica



Rubiaceae sp fro ID– 08022014-PKA-Feb23 :  Attachments (5). 5 posts by 4 authors.

This tree was seen in Mullayanagiri range (Chikamagalur, Karnataka) at altitude of approx. 5000 ft.
Family: Rubiaceae
Date/Time: 25-01-2014 / 03:30PM
Habitat: Wild
ID pl..

Please check for Tarenna asiatica.
I had seen at the Flower Show in Mumbai.

Yes it is Tarenna asiatica

is it a relative of Gardenia?…or it self?…

Both are different

ANAUG41 Please confirm if Tarenna asiatica : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (3).

Camp Gee Dee (Bangalore)
August 2014

I agree with the ID.

ANOCT62 Rubiaceae shrub for ID : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (8)

The shrub was around 8 feet high growing in a thick shrubby area
Nandi Hills
18th October 2014

Tarenna asiatica (L.) Kuntze ex K. Schum. (= Chomelia asiatica (L.) Kuntze)

This looks different from other images at Tarenna asiatica

Tarenna alpestris (Wight) Balakr. is reported from flora Tamilnadu checklist. There is a chance.

I checked all listed species of Tarenna in the area, but could not find any match.
I think it may be some Psychotria species.
But could not find any match as per comparative images at

T. asiatica 

But it looks different from other images at Tarenna asiatica

On further examination, … is right.
This appears to be a young fruiting specimen.


ID23042015PHK 2 : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (3)

Id please
A shrub from Nallamala forest, AP
25March, 2015

Tarenna asiatica

Tarenna asiatica (Rubiaceae) : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (1)
Small size shrub, Leaves oppsite acute shining oblong lanceolate, globose fruits black
habitat – Dry open hills forest
Yerrayballam hill, Near Vijaywada,, Andra Pradesh 2015 April

Fwd: MS/5/1/2019 : ID of the bush : 11 posts by 5 authors. Attachments (2)- 2 mb & 3 mb.
Please I D the plant photographed near Chennai.

Tarenna asiatica (L.) Kuntze ex K.Schum. Rubiaceae.

their leaves are apparently distinctive? there is even a fresh digial “herbarium” set in this link
do you think its really distinct?  

Thanks for providing the link.
I am unable to assess the characteristics of the leaves. Nevertheless, leaves in the photographs look some what different from those found on the net. I have not seen the plant myself. The photos were sent by one of the members of the nature group. 

that’s a problem then

There’s no doubt, ma’am; T. asiatica only, am dam sure for that.

Thanks again … I will take the ID suggested by you.

I also agree with …

Yes Tarenna asiatica.

Megamalai :: Rubiaceae tree for Identification :: 261113MK003 : Attachments (6). 3 posts by 2 authors.
Please help me in identifying the small tree of Rubiaceae.
Fruit: 1cm across
Leaf: up to 20cm long
Date: 03 Oct 2013
Place: Vellimalai RF, Theni dist., TN
Habitat: Semi-evergreen and in Riparian
Alt.: 750 m asl

Ixora/ Pavetta ??

Appears close to images at Tarenna asiatica (L.) Kuntze ex K.Schum.


Rubiaceae: Tarenna asiatica (L.) Kuntze ex K.Schum.: 1 image.

synonyms: Tarenna zeylanica Gaertn., Tarenna kotoensis (Hayata) Kaneh. & Sasaki, Stylocoryna webera A.Rich.
location/date (both): Tumkur Distr., Karnataka, July 1997