Schisandra grandiflora (Wall.) Hook. f. & Thomson, J. D. Hooker, Fl. Brit. India 1:44. 1872 “Schizandra” (Syn: Kadsura grandiflora Wall.; Sphaerostema grandiflorum (Wall.) Bl.);
China (SW-Yunnan), S-Tibet, Bhutan, N-India, ?Burma, Nepal, Sikkim, Thailand,
India (Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal), Vietnam
as per Catalogue of Life;

Evergreen climbing shrubs, usually glabrous, stem woody, grayish brown, branchlets terete. Leaves lanceolate-elliptic, oblong-elliptic or narrow ovate, 8-15 x 2-6 cm across, base cuneate or attenuate, margins subentire or faintly distantly toothed, apex deeply acute or shallow acuminate, soft and rather fleshy and pale beneath, glabrous, lateral veins 6-10 on either side of the midrib, almost parallel, impressed above, prominent on midrib beneath, reticulate veinlets, petiole glabrous, reddish maroon, about 1.5-3.5 cm long, exstipulate. Flowers 1-4, fragrant, yellowish white or red, sometimes with 1-2 secondary bracts, about 2.5 cm across. Male flowers: Perianth segments 7-8 in 3 series, pale pink or white, broadly elliptic or obovate, 1-2 x 0.5-1.5 cm across, pedicels about 1-4 cm long, Stamens about 30-50, outer filaments short, free, stamina column ovoid or cylindric above, about 10-15 mm long, anthers oblong or ovoid, 2-3 mm long, connectives thickened. Female flowers: Perianth as male, carpels 60-120, ovoid, about 1.5 x 0.75 mm with about 0.5 mm long appendage. Fruiting receptacle, about 15-20 cm long, and 4-7 mm thick, peduncle about 3-7 cm long, fleshly, usually bearing 30-80, ellipsoid, fruitlets about 7-9 x 5-6 mm across, seeds 1-2, suborbicular or ellipsoid.

Mixed and temperate forests of northwestern and eastern Himalayas, altitude of about 2,100-4,000 m.
Local Distribution: Arunachal Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Uttarakhand, West Bengal. 
Global Distribution: Asia: Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Thailand.
(Attributions- Ganeshaiah, K. N., UAS, Bangalore, India. Kailash, B. R., UAS & ATREE, Bangalore, India. Indian Bioresource Information Network (IBIN), Department of Biotechnology, New Delhi, India from India Biodiversity Portal)


id confirmation pl: 3 images.
Pl confirm id- Schisandra
climber, at the height of 10,000 feet — in the evergreen forest of Sikkim above Yuksum on the way to Gochala trek.

WOW…. googling got me this: this is indeed Schisandra grandiflora…. (S. incarnata has red flowers) Congrartulations for the 10,000 feeet climb…


Kindly find below photographs of Schisandra (Schizandra) grandiflora shot in Himachal Pradesh.
This genus, falling under family Schisandraceae, has been earlier dealt under family Magnoliaceae.
A straggler bearing very beautiful flowers and fruits…. enjoy..

Thanks, …, for the wonderful pictures.

I think then Michelia champaca in the heading is wrong.

Yes, there is a mistake. The name in the title should have been Schisandra grandiflora.


Beautiful addition, Sir. Where was it growing ?

Some where in Himachal Pradesh. … can tell us the exact place.

Where was this growing?



SK310JAN09-2016:ID : 13 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (3)
Location: Kalinchowk, Dolakha, Nepal
Altitude: 9000 ft.

Date: 26 July 2014


Any Vitaceae member ?


Did not find any match for Vitaceae

Actually, leaves are not matching to any of Vitaceae.


It reminds me of Sapium insigne, but it’s just a wild guess as I can’t see if this is a tree or a shrub.

It is not Sapium insigne.

Please compare with S.grandiflora in eFI.

You hit the bull’s eye ! Thank you.
Schisandra grandiflora (Wall.) Hook. f. & Thomson
Nepali Names : पहेंलो सिंगुल्टो Pahenlo Singulto / सिङ्घटा लहरा Singhata Laharaa / ठेकी फूल  Theki Phool

SK82AUG15-1016:ID : 10 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (4)

Sharing some pictures for identification shot at Nagarkoy Nepal on 13 August 2016 at 7000 ft.

May be a member of Phyllanthaceae, much more looking like Antidesma; images are not so descriptive.

Please check Gomphia species also,

Schisandra grandiflora (Wall.) Hook. f. & Thomson ??

Yes, may be as it appears closer to images at Schisandra grandiflora


SK310JAN09-2016:ID  ??

Schisandra grandiflora (Wall.) Hook. f. & Thomson ?? : 5 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (7)- around 500 kb each.
Location:  Sakiyong Khasmahal, Pedong Reshi Rd, India
Date: 16 May 2018
Altitude: 6000 ft.
Habit : Wild

To me also appear close to images at Schisandra grandiflora

Schisandra grandiflora (Wall.) Hook.f. & Thomson : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (11)- around 600 kb each.
Location: Phulchoki, Lalitpur, Nepal
Altitude: 2446 m.
Date: 8 May 2019

Habit : Wild

Location: Chandragiri, Kathmandu, Nepal
Altitude: 2411 m.
Date: 27 May 2019
Habit : Wild
Attachments (5) – around 750 kb each.

Schisandra grandiflora (Wall.) Hook. f. & Thomson : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (2)- around 700 kb each.
Location:  Phulchoki, Lalitpur
Date:  3 July 2019
Elevation:  2543 m.
Habit : Wild

Is ID correct ?

Appears so as per comparative images at Schisandra

fruit on vine near Phulchowki : 5 posts by 3 authors. 3 images- 3 to 4 mb each.

I have a few photos of a vine with grape-like fruits. One photo shows the leaf type.

Schisandra grandiflora (Wall.) Hook.f. & Thomson!