India (widespread), Sri Lanka, Pakistan (Murree, Jhelum), Pakistani Kashmir (Mirpur), Jammu & Kashmir (Jammu), Andamans (South Andamans), Myanmar [Burma] (Bago, Mon) as per Catalogue of Life;
¿ kay-SIR-ee-uh ? — named for Johannes Casearius, minister of the Dutch East India Co.
ee-LIP-tih-kuh — elliptical, about twice as long as wide
commonly known as: downy-leaved false kamela • Gujarati: મુંઝાડ munjhaad, મુંજાળ munjaal • Hindi: छिल्ला chilla • Marathi: मोदगी modgi • Nepalese: सानो बेथे sano bethe • Sanskrit: chilhaka • Tamil: கடிச்சை katiccai • Telugu: చిలుకదుదుడి chilaka-dududi
Native to: India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka



Request for ID : 290411 : AK-1: Taken between February and Aprilat Mumbai, Maharashtra.
The fruits were looking similar to Jamun when small.

– This is a species of Casearia possibly C.tomentosa. Please check the archives of this group for my photographs of C.ovata [Kirmira/ Kulkulta].

Casearia tomentosa

A small tree for ID : 30042013: RV 1 : Attachments (6). 5 posts by 4 authors.

Please help to id this a very small tree about 8 ft tall, fruiting….. we found it on Silonda trail of SGNP, Mumbai…. picture taken today (30.4.13).

it looks like Caesaria elliptica syn Casearia tomentosa

efi page: Guidonia tomentosa (with Caesaria elliptica & Casearia tomentosa as syn.)

Agree with … It looks like C.tomentosa to me too.


Casearia tomentosa seen in Mumbai.

I think you are right

Casearia tomentosa Roxb. … also placed in Flacourtiaceae

at Tungareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary on 20 APR 13

What can I say other than excellent.

Salicaceae (including Flacourtiaceae) Fortnight:: Casearia sp. for id from Chakrata-NS Feb 06 : 8 posts by 5 authors. Attachments (4).
This moderate-sized tree was shot from Chakrata region in Uttrakhand..
I think this can be Casearia graveolens.. please give your valuable suggestions..

It looks more like Casearia tomentosa Roxb. now Guidonia tomentosa Roxb.

To me it is C.tomentosa now known as Guidonia tomentosa (Roxb.) Kurz

Valid name remains Casearia tomentosa Roxb. & not Guidonia tomentosa Roxb. Pl. see Casearia

Correct name now is Casearia tomentosa Roxb.

Members please note that The Plant list version 1.1 of 2013 has superseded version 1 of 2010

Both are available online but entries of Version 1 are grayed out so also check and look for green entries of new version.

Casearia tomentosa is a tomentose species. But the present photos show a glabrous plant.

To me, the underside of the leaves appear to be tomentose

Pl. find the attached file contain photo for id. confirmation.
Date: 02.10.2014
Location: Adyar, Chennai
Habitat: garden

Habit: Shrub.


ochna sp.?……

Looks like Annonaceae member

It look like Casearia tomentosa

Thanks for the conformation of the species ID…

NA21/08 Id required of the attached picture : 2 posts by 1 author. Attachments (2)
Id required for the plant
Photographed in Yeoor forest, Maharashtra
Date: 2nd May 2015

Came to know the id, later from My Guide. It is Casearia tomentosa (Toothed Leaf Chilla). Flacourtiaceae

Fruit is 6-ribbed, 3-valved, with seeds embedded in a red pulp. The juice from the fruit is used as a fish poison.

A small tree or shrub, from Puri 22.1.10- i.d. requested

Looks like Casaeria species.
Family Flacourtiaceae

Can be Casearia ovata from Flacourtiaceae.

I think this should be Casearia tomentosa as per images and details herein.

Flower of Casearia esculenta
Local Marathi name: Kirmire, Mori
Photographed at Sagargad, Alibag
18 Mar,2009

I think this should be Casearia tomentosa as per images and details herein


02082013 BRS 497 : Attachments (2). 7 posts by 4 authors.

Pl. find the attached file contain photos for id. confirmation.

Date: 30.07.2013
Location: Adyar Chennai
Habitat: garden

Habit: tree

It is Glochidion sp

Glochidion species in efi so far.

It seems to be Casearia elliptica.

Glochidion fruits are usually lobed… this one is not. Perhaps this is some other species?

This is probably some species of Casearia. Perhaps C. sylvestris. 

I think this should be Casearia tomentosa as per images and details herein, as suggested by …

This tree in flowers was shot from periphery of Renuka Ji lake in H.P.

I am taking this as Casearia tomentosa, please correct me, if so required…

Casearia for ID :: Jammu :: JUN2018 MK007 : 5 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (7)
Please help me ID this shrub / small tree. Is this Casearia sp.?
Habitat: scrub forest
Date: 30 May 2018
Place: Jammu rural, J & K
Altitude: 350 m asl

Attachments (2)

Pl. check species available with images at Casearia

I think this should be Casearia tomentosa as per images and details herein

Casearia elliptica 271011PD01 Flora of Orissa: sharing the immages of fruits of Casearia elliptica which I had taken in Ranpur
Place of collection: Ranpur, Nayagarh, Orissa
Habit: Tree
Habitat: Scrub forest
Altitude: 430 m above msl

Description: Twigs tomentose, leaves oblong, coarsely crenate-serrate or sometimes entire pubescent on the nerves, flowers. Greenish, capsule yellow

Casearia elliptica is now become synonym of Casearia nigrescens Tul.

I have a doubt whether the plant in the picture is Casearia tomentosa now known as Guidonia tomentosa (Roxb.) Kurz., as per the plant list.

thanks for the valuable remarks and observation. I wl wait for the comments of the experts to conform the ID.

One more very important use of the ripen fruit of the plant is that The local tribal use this fruit for fish poisoning in almost all parts of Orissa.

I also think this should be Casearia tomentosa as per images and details herein.


Casearia tomentosa in FOI : 4 posts by 3 authors.
Images of Dinesh ji at Casearia tomentosa in FOI should be of Casearia graveolens as per images and details herein.
Pl. correct.

Here are a few pictures of C. tomentosa from Tungareshwar WLS, just in case you have any difficulty finding a replacement.

To me … images at FOI are correctly identified

Now the images have been changed from incorrect to correct images.


Casearia esculenta: Today at Sagargad, Alibag
Casearia esculenta

Local Marathi name: Kirmar

Casearia esculenta with tomentose leaves and branches are quite strange, I feel.
Some earlier postand … pictures @ Flickr

This plant might be a different species.

Could this be Casearia tomentosa, a rare plant?

Agree with …. This looks like Casearia elliptica [previously C.tomentosa] a fairly common tree in the Borivali N.P.

The species Casearia elliptica, is also reported from Haryana Siwaliks…Thanks for very nice uploads.

Casearia tomentosa & Casearia elliptica are different species as per The Plant List links:
Pl. clarify the exact species with author citation

According to “the plant list” Casearia elliptica Tul. is a synonym of Casearia nigrescens Tul.
and Casearia tomentosa is a different species with a new name Guidonia tomentosa (Roxb.) Kurz

Many thanks … for the updating with the latest names of Casearia. Will also look into http://www.flickr.com/photos/dinesh_valke/3495670815/ … will post it for querying / validating the ID later.

Request for Identification

Kindly identify this tree species.

Location: Jammu

Altitude: 1100 feets asl

Date March 2011

Is it a species belongs to the family Flacourtiaceae?

Can this plant be Casearia elliptica
Kindly have a look on the below link: IIIM

In Casearia the arils are pale-dark yellow in color. Here the same is red in color hence I do not think that this is a species of Casearia.
It is very difficult for me to run the key because flower characters and fine characters of leaf are missing.

It should be Casearia tomentosa as per images and details herein and as per comparative images at Casearia

I too agree with tomentosa …

Please identify tree in baroda : 6 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (1)
Plz id the tree, location Baroda Gujrat, February

Not clear from this image.

Are they fruits or flower buds ?
Pl. post other images.

Seems to be bud. Not very clear.

Could they be buds/ flowers of Putranjiva ? I may be all wrong.

Pl. post other images showing full leaf and habit etc.
Does not match with Putranjiva roxburghii

Resembles Casearia romentosa

Casearia tomentosa ???


Pls ID Chd 003: 4 images.

Can anyone pls guide me to the identity of this tree. It’s near sukhna lake at chandigarh.
I have not seen the tree but received these photos from a close friend.

It is Caesaria sp. I think..

Casearia tomentosa


Casearia tomentosa Roxb. :: Thane, Maharashtra :: Mar 15, 2008 · JUN23 DV518: 2 images.

Casearia tomentosa Roxb.
Thane, Maharashtra :: Mar 15, 2008 · 4:44 PM IST :: about 11 m (36 ft) asl
Many thanks to Radha Veach for validating the ID at iNaturalist


Salicaceae: Casearia tomentosa Roxb.: 1 image.
location/date: Tarubanda village, Melghat Wildlife Sanctuary, Amravati Distr., Maharashtra, November 1994

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