Elaeagnus indica Servett., Bull. Herb. Boissier II, 8: 393 1908.; 
India as per Catalogue of Life;

Woody climbers, densely covered with silvery scales, thorns axillary, straight, 1-2 cm long. Leaves 9-14 x 6-7.5 cm, ovate, apex acute, glabrous above, silvery-white below, nerves 5-7 pairs, indistinct. Flowers bisexual, 3-6 in axillary fascicles, pedicelled; perianth greenish white, 1 cm long, urceolate, gamotepalous, lobes 4, ovate; stamens 4, filaments free, broadened below, anthers transverse; ovary 1-celled, inferior, ovules solitary, style filiform, stigma lateral. Nut 2.6 x 1.2 cm, covered with thickened perianth base, reddish, fleshy.

Flowering and fruiting: December-April
Semi-evergreen forests
(Attributions- Dr. N Sasidharan (Dr. B P Pal Fellow), Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi from India Biodiversity Portal)

Notes: Western Ghats & Eastern Ghats, Deciduous to Moist Deciduous
(attributions- G. Renu, Sanjana Julias Thilakar, D. Narasimhan, Centre for Floristic Research, Department of Botany, Madras Christian College, Tambaram from India Biodiversity Portal




Plant for ID 170611MK01: Please help to ID this large shrub found in Sirumalai, an offshoot mountains of Western ghats.
Date/Time- 11-05-2010 / 11:20 AM
Location- Place, Altitude, GPca.1600asl; Dindigul, TN
Habitat- Garden/ Urban/ Wild/ Type- wild
Plant Habit-small tree
Height/Length- ca. 3 M
Leaves Type/ Shape/ Size- 8 x 2 cm
Inflorescence Type/ Size- axillary; cyme
Flowers Size/ Colour/ Calyx/ Bracts- 1.5 x 0.5 cm; yellow

On examination, I feel it matches with Elaeagnus indica Serv. as per high resolution specimens at GBIF & Flora of peninsular India
It looks different from other observations at Elaeagnus conferta Roxb. in the shape and colour of the inflorescence and flowering period (as it is flowering in May).



Fruits & Vegetables Week: RVS-5: Elaeagnus indica, a wild edible fruit, from Sirumalai hills. I wanted you to see the seed, so i finished the pulp. It tasted somewhat sour & sweet.

…, kindly check the last photograph. It is from Apiaceae.

yes … most likely. looks similar to sounf or mauri

To me the seeds in last image appears to be OK and not from Apiaceae.
Pl. see similar seeds at

I’ll report back, … I’ll check it myself again. I have relished it many times. 


Seeds belong to Elaeagnus !

Convinced, Sir 




It may be Elaeagnus indica, if the leaves are silvery-white beneath.

Fruits of it are very tasty.

It look like Elaeagnus conferta Roxb. [Syn. E. latifolia auct. (non Linn.)]. A large, branched, usually scandent shrub, often running over trees. Leaves variable, broadly elliptiv or elliptic-lanceolate, obtuse or acuminate apex, upper surface pale green, clothed with small whitish seals. lower surface silvery white. Flowers usually many in cluster.
Perianth covered with silvery scales. fruit nearly 2 cm long. edible.
Villagers make pickle of the fruits…

can be seen in Mahableshwar, Matheran, Khandala, Nasik, Ahmednagar etc in Maharashtra..

It is Elaeagnus conferta Roxb.

.. may be right. But my id was based on this ref (screen shot attached). Would love to know the differences.

It may not be Elaeagnus conferta. Could be Elaeagnus indica. For E.c. leaves are longer (fruits are edible, size vary from 1.5-2 cm long, taste like tamarind) http://nbranaikatti.blogspot.com/search?q=+Elaeagnus+

I agree with …. This is Elaeagnus indica of Elaeagnaceae family….. Would you please tell me what was the color under the leaves