Quassia amara L., Sp. Pl. ed. 2 553 1762. (Syn: Quassia alatifolia Stokes; Quassia amara var. grandiflora Hemsl.; Quassia amara f. paniculata (Engl.) Cronquist; Quassia amara var. paniculata Engl.; Quassia crocea Vahl; Quassia officinalis Rich.); 
N-Brazil (Roraima, Amapa, Para, Amazonas), NE-Brazil (Maranhao), Venezuela
(Barinas, Bolivar, Zulia), Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama, Belize, Honduras,
Mexico (Chiapas, Colima, Guerrero, Jalisco, Michoacan, Morelos, Oaxaca),
Trinidad, Colombia (Antioquia, Bolvar, Choc, Magdalena, Sucre), Guyana (I),
Surinam (I), French Guiana (I), Lesser Antilles (Guadeloupe, Martinique, St.
Vincent), Cuba (I), Hispaniola (I), Jamaica (I), Puerto Rico (I), Virgin Isl.
(I) (St. Croix (I), St. John (I)), Micronesia (I) (Pohnpei (I)), Palau Isl. (I),
Society Isl. (I) (Moorea (I)), Burma (I), India (I), Vietnam (I), Philippines
(c), Taiwan (I), Java (I), Seychelles (I), trop. Africa (I), Congo (Brazzaville)
(I), Guinea (I)
as per Catalogue of Life;
Common name: Bitter Quassia, Bitterwood • Bengali: কস্তূৰী Kasturi


Reddish Shrub: Could you help me ID the following plant please.

Shrub 2-3 m tall, c. 3 cm diam. Rachis reddish and winged. 

Quassia amara of Simaroubaceae.

Quassia amara from Trivandrum, KeralaAttachments (12). 4 posts by 4 authors.
A few photographs of Quassia amara. Family: Simaroubaceae
Photographed from my garden at Trivandrum city on 11thand 13th January 2013.
Known as Bitter Ash or Bitter Wood, this shrub is native to Central and South America.
Compound leaves, alternate, pinnate with three to five leaflets. The rachis is winged.
Red flowers in panicles. Fruit a drupe.

Thanks … for detailed pics and description.. nicely depicted..


Shrub for ID : Attachments (1). 3 posts by 3 authors.
From an Urban garden, Calicut, Kerala.

Quassia amara L. [Simaroubaceae].

Yes it is Q. amara



SK738 19 SEP-2017:ID : 9 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (5)

Location:  Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Indian Botanic Garden,
                 Kolkata, India
Date: 8 September 2017
Elevation : 25 ft.

I think this is better. This states so many things. 

Dr. C. M. Sabapathy, Scientist at the Indian Botanic Garden has developed a mobile App which can track every perennial plant in the garden with name, location, habit, and longitude and latitude. As per his App this is Quassia amara L. (Simaroubaceae). Hats off to Dr. Sabapathy.  

Thank you …! Can you please suggest the Apps nske.

This app will be launched around December – January. Once you enter the garden there will be free wi fi and it will guide you to the correct location of any plant available there. Dr. Sabapathy showed it to me one day and I was astonished.

Here is the location of your plant :



IDrequest29112017CP1 : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (1)

Kindly identify this plant growing in Cochin.

Quassia amara L ??

Thank you, …



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