Sarcococca saligna (D. Don) Müll. Arg., A. L. P. P. de Candolle, Prodr. 16(1):12. 1869 (Syn: (≡) Buxus saligna D. Don (basionym));
Sarcococca saligna (D.Don) Müll.Arg. in DC., Prodr. 16(1): 11. 1869. Buxus saligna D.Don, Prodr. Fl. Nepal. 63. 1825. Sarcococca pruniformis var. angustifolia Lindl. in Bot. Reg. 12: sub t. 1012. 1826. S. pruniformis auct. non Lindl., 1826: Hook.f., Fl. Brit. India 5: 266. 1887, p.p. as per BSI Flora of India;
willow-leaf sweet-box; 
India: Common in subtropical forests or temperate meadows between 2000 – 3500 m altitude, usually as forest undergrowth at shaded places. Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and West Bengal; Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nepal China and Taiwan as per BSI Flora of India;
W. Himalayas from Afghanistan to Kumaon between 1-3000 m. as per Flora of Pakistan;
Afghanistan, Himalaya (Hazara to Nepal) as per Checklist of Nepal;

Kalatope id al180711a:
Have been pondering over this plant for some time.. growth is widespread in the mountains and does not seem to have any use…
Location Kalatope
Altuitude 2100 mts

Habit herb
Habitat wild
Height can grow till 3 feet
seems to be flowering from the leaf joints (don’t know)..?? fruiting nowadays.

I hope Sarcococca saligna, Buxaceae, willow-leaf sweet box, gheru, tiliara

Yes Sir agree with id

Polygonatum verticillatum (L.) All. … (family: Asparagaceae)1 AUG 12
Govind Ghat – Ghangaria trailabout 8100 ft

it is not Polygonatum verticillatum, it is Sarcococca saligna (Buxaceae).

Yes Sarcococca saligna (syn. S. pruniformis; S. salicifolia)


ID PL: Please help me to identify flower attached.
Location – Chakrata.
Date: 10 th Oct 2012
Habit- shrub
Habitat- Wild

Sarcococca saligna


Plants For id/validation-05: Sarcococca saligna from Shimla :  Attachments (6). 6 posts by 3 authors.
This shrub was shot from near HP University, Shimla.. I hope this  should be Sarcococca saligna (D. Don) Muell.-Arg….

The genus Sarcococca comes under Family Buxaceae.

Yes it is S.saligna (Buxaceae). Nice pics.


Flora of Himachal Pradesh- Sarcococca hokariana from the way to Chadvic Falls Shimla : Attachments (4). 3 posts by 2 authors.
Sarcococca hokariana from the way to Chadvic Falls Shimla
Pls Validate

Young branches (glabrous) and arrangement of male flowers (not a raceme) suggest S. saligna

Agreed Sir. Thanks for correction

Sarcococca saligna (D.Don) Muell.-Arg.
syn: Sarcococca pruniformis var. angustifolia Lindl.
Evergreen shrub with lanceolate salix like leaves, common in shaded situations. Photographed from Manali and Chakrata 

Excellent photographs Sir.

Sarcococca saligna — — enroute Rolla at GHNP – PKA31 : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (5).

Seen this evergreen shrub en-route Rolla at GHNP at an altitude of approx. 1700m.
Bot. name: Sarcococca saligna
Family: Buxaceae
Common name: Geru, Willow-Leaf Sweet-Box

Sarcococca sems to have a long flowering season. From March to October, flowering here and there.
But … seems a little tired or in hurry while shooting.. few pics are shaky or marginally out. Otherwise your pics are always brilliant.

HP, Oct 2014 :: Requesting ID – small shrub :: ARKDEC-14 : 6 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (4).
Requesting to please provide ID of this shrub captured on the periphery of the Dal Lake, Dharamshala, HP in October 2014.

Sarcococca pruniformis (Buxaceae) I hope.

I meant, S. saligna is the correct name and S. pruniformis is the synonym as per the efi database.

ID_Kashmir : 3 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (2)
Please help me in the ID of this shrub.
Picture taken at KARNAH (J & K).
Seems to me a taxa belonging to Elaeagnaceae?

I hope Sarcococca-pruniformis now S. saligna

I agree with …

NSD – 9 April 2013 Shrub for id form Kedar Nath WLS : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (1)
this shrub is from Kedar Nath WLS Chamoli, Uttarakhand. Please ID this ………..

this shrub have been ID as Sarcococca saligna, from Buxaceae family by …, in another group. 

Yes …, only male flowers are seen here…nice image..!!

Undershrub from Manali area : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (2)
Wild shrub (Euphorbiaceae?) near Cedrus forests, road sides

Sarcococa saligna

Yes, Sarcococca salignacommon in subtropical forests or temperate meadows between 2000-3500 m altitudes usually as forest undergrowth in shaded places in J & K, HP, Uttarakhand and WB- Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nepal, China and Taiwan.

Images by Nidhan Singh 



EUPHORBIACEAE FORTNIGHT:: Sarcococca pruniformis from Shimla NS-61:  Attachments (5). 3 posts by 2 authors.

Please validate if this one is Sarcococca pruniformis….
This was shot from Summer Hill, Shimla, a common shrub elsewhere…

Excellent photos. the correct name of the species is now Sarcococca coriacea.

Thanks a lot … for validation and giving latest information….

To me appears closer to images at Sarcococca saligna
I also checked keys at BSI Flora of India, but could not decide.
However, going through descriptions here like shape of the leaves & flowering & fruiting period, it appear closer to Sarcococca saligna
Pl. confirm or otherwise.

Request for identification-E1 : 5 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (1)
Kindly request you to identify with scientific name. This photo has been taken in East Khasi Hills, Meghalaya.

Looks like Salix saligna


Sweetbox/ABOCT14 : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (1).
We have plenty of Willow-leaf Sweetbox here which is flowering too. I am including it here to differentiate it from the plant in my other post. These leaves are narrower and thinner.

The image is of Sarcococa saligna, an associate od Deodar/ Oak forests.


Sarcococca saligna/ABOCT15 : 2 posts by 2 authors.

There are several bushes of Sweet Box in flower. While walking past a clump today, I could get a faint but distinct sweet smell (not too different from jasmine but milder). … confirmed the identity of Sarcococca saligna yesterday on this group. I am attaching images of the plant taken today. The red berries are supposed to be toxic but it seems not for this bug sitting on one.

Willow-leaf Sweet Box (Sarcococca saligna)
Mcleodganj, Dharamshala, HP
16 October 2014

Yes, nice pics …

SK1665 21 Dec 2018 : 23 posts by 5 authors. Attachments (3)- 1 mb or more.
Location : Chandragiri Hills, Kathmandu, Nepal
Elevation : 2350 m.
Date : 12 December 2018
Habit : Wild
Not the Sarcococca sp., is it ??

Attachments (3)- 1 mb or more.

Attachments (2)- 2 mb each.

Yes, appears different.

I guess Sarcococca saligna (D.Don) Müll.Arg. is the IDC.

I think looks different to me as per images at

Here is full account of family Buxaceae!

One correction: Replace “Type species” by “Type”
Attachments (1) – 1 Mb.

Sarcococca coriacea (Hook.) Sweet ??

Sir, no idea about Daphne special except D. papyracea which occurs in H.P.

You have posted some Buxus sp. recently as such I thought you would be knowing about Buxaceae. No worries.

…, they were growing in Shimla.

how can one classify a plant based on 3 not so distinct pictures? painstaking dissection and measurement and its documentation is called for.
… ask yourself honest questions: can you correlate those copy pasted pages’ dimensions with your photographs? is answer is yes, i salute you. if answer is no… what can i say

No idea. However, there are 8 images and I have guessed in a learning process. Main anadi hu na!

I guess it is not matching with all suggested.

I don’t find it matching with any other Buxaceae than Sarcococca saligna (D.Don) Müll.Arg.
on the following  grounds!
ACFPoN : young branches light green, longitudinally ribbed, glabrous. Petiole slender, 5-8 mm; leaf blade lanceolate or oblong-lanceolate, usually 6-8 × 1.2-2 cm, base cuneate, apex long acuminate, obtuse, or slightly mucronate at tip; midrib elevated on both surfaces, lateral veins pinnate, basal a subtriplinerved pair, Inflorescences short racemes, erect, ca. 1 cm
Fl. Sep-Dec. 1200-2300 m.
It could be either the above sp. or some other genus I guess!

Yes, Sarcococca saligna (D. Don) Müll. Arg. as per keys and comparative images at Sarcococca


Sarcococca saligna (D.Don) Müll.Arg.: 1 very high res. image.

Location: Kalikot, West Nepal
Altitude:  2233 m.
Date: 15 August 2021 

Habit : Wild