Myrsine africana L., Sp. Pl. 196 1753. (Syn: Buxus dioica Forsk.; Myrica arabica Willd.; Myrica montana Vahl; Myrsine acuta Salisb.; Myrsine africana var. acuminata C.Y. Wu & C. Chen; Myrsine africana var. bifaria (Wall.) Franch.; Myrsine africana var. glandulosa J.M. Zhang; Myrsine africana var. retusa A. DC.; Myrsine bifaria Wall.Myrsine bottensis A. DC.; Myrsine glabra Gaertn.; Myrsine microphylla Hayata; Myrsine potama D. DonMyrsine rotundifolia Lam. (ambiguous synonym); Myrsine scabra Gaertn.; Myrsine vaccinifolia Hayata; Rhamnus myrtillus H. Lév.; Samara potama Buch.-Ham. ex D.Don);
South Africa (Limpopo, North-West Prov., Gauteng, Mpulamanga, Free State,
KwaZulu-Natal, W-Cape Prov., E-Cape Prov.), Lesotho, Swaziland, Ethiopia,
Eritrea, Somalia, Socotra, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe,
Zambia, D.R. Congo (Zaire), Angola, Sudan, South Sudan, Uganda, Afghanistan
(Kunar / Nuristan), Pakistan (Chitral, Baluchistan, Peshawar, Swat, Hazara,
Jammu & Kashmir (Poonch, Kashmir), Taiwan, China (Gansu, Guangxi,
Guizhou, Hubei, Hunan, Shaanxi, Sichuan, Yunnan, Guangdong), Taiwan, Tibet,
India, Nepal, Saudi Arabia (Asir), Yemen (Inner Hadhramaut, N-Inner Yemen,
W-Yemen), Azores (Santa Maria Isl., Sao Miguel Isl., Terceira, Graciosa, Sao
Jorge, Pico, Faial, Flores Isl., Corvo Isl.)
as per Catalogue of life
Common name: Cape Myrtle, African boxwood, Thakisa • Hindi: bandraru oleander, banwa, banwan, basuti, chapra, chhota mehndru • Sanskrit: vidanga

Kalatope id Al032912:  Another flower from Kalatope …
Location Kalatope, Chamba
Altitude 2100 mts
Habit Climber/creeper
Habitat wild
Height/length 2 metres
Season March

This should be a SHRUB and not a climber/creeper as written by me earlier….

it seems Myrisine species to me.
may be we can think for M. serrata

I think you hit the nail on the head… Myrsine sp and could be semiserrata… though I am still looking for any references …

May be Myrsine africana only!!

Cape Myrtle (Myrsine africana), as … says:



Plants For id/validation-06: Shrub for id from Shimla : Attachments (6). 9 posts by 5 authors.
This shrub with beautiful violet fruits was shot from near H.P. University in Shimla.. please help to id…

Myrsine africana‘ is my wild guess!

Thanks a lot … for this lead, which is not a wild guess..

The images are of Myrsine africana L., a shrub that is very common in Taradevi forests just short of Shimla. Fruits are considered ‘Vaividang’, a raw drug otherwise obtained from Embelia ribes. 

Thanks a lot … for reconfirming.. I take this as Myrsine africana L.

It looks me Myrsine semiserrata

Myrsine africana (Myrsinaceae).




Plumbaginaceae and Primulaceae (incl. Myrsinaceae) Fortnight: Myrsine africana from Himachal: GSG-014 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (2).

Myrsine africana from Himachal [Mandi dist.; 900 m asl]
Flowering twig.
Twig. Fruits used as ‘vai vidang’.

Very beautiful pictures, perhaps I got this in Shimla but not in flowers…

Myrsine africana L. (Myrsinaceae) is a common shrub in temperate Himalaya.
Locally it is known as ‘Ghani’ / ‘Chupra’/Pahari-cha’.
Shot near Bhimtal area Uttarakhand

I conclude my postings this fortnight with this shrub with bluish fruits which was shot from near H.P.University, Shimla..
Can this be a Myrsine sp. ?

It is Myrsine africana… quite common forest undergrowth in Shimla forests.

Thank you very much … for id confirmation…


ANNOV47 Please identify this shrub : 5 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (7)

2nd November 2014

Looks Myrsine sp. (Myrsinaceae).

Its a species of Myrsine, I think Myrsine africana





ANNOV47 Please identify this shrub : 7 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (7)

2nd November 2014

Looks Myrsine sp. (Myrsinaceae).

Its a species of Myrsine, I think Myrsine africana

It is Myrsine africana.


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