Erycibe paniculata Roxb., Pl. Coromandel 2: 31, pl. 154 31. (syn: Erycibe albiflora Hall. fil.; Erycibe paniculata var. wightiana (Grah.) Clarke; Erycibe wightiana J. Grah.);
Sri Lanka, India, Andamans (Middle Andamans, South Andamans), Nicobars (Car Nicobar Isl., North Nicobars, Central Nicobars, Great Nicobar Isl., Little Nicobar Isl.), Bangladesh as per Catalogue of Life;
Common name: Panicled Erycibe • Malayalam: Nakkuvalli, Irimpiyathali, Erumathali, Irumbithali, Vadayara

Large woody climbers; young branches, leaves and inflorescence densely rusty tomentose. Leaves 4-8 x 2-5 cm, broadly elliptic or elliptic-obovate, base rounded, apex obtusely acuminate, coriaceous; lateral veins 5-6 pairs; petioles to 1 cm long. Inflorescence axillary and terminal panicled cymes. Flowers 6-8 mm across, fragrant. Calyx tube 1.5-2 mm long; lobes 5, ovate, obtuse, densely-brown tomentose. Corolla creamy-white, campanulate-rotate; tube1-1.5 mm long, villous without; lobes 5, 2.5-3 mm long, each deeply 2-fid and seemingly 10. Stamens 10, exerted. Ovary 1-celled, ovules 4; style absent; stigma subglobose. Berry 6-8 x 3-3.5 mm, ovoid or ellipsoid. Seed 1.

Flowering and fruiting: November-March
Semi-evergreen forests, also in sacred groves
India, Himalayas, Andaman Islands
(Attributions- Dr. N Sasidharan (Dr. B P Pal Fellow), Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi from India Biodiversity Portal)


021111PD08 Erycibe paniculata Flora of Orissa: pleased to share the photograph of another very important wild edible fruit plant from Ranpur, Orissa

Name of the species: Erycibe paniculata
Family: Convolvulaceae
Place of collection: Ranpur, Nayagarh, Orissa
Habit: Climbing shrub
Habit: Damp forests along streams and nalas in semi-evergreen forests
Uses: Ripe fruit edible and the bark is used in curing cholera and dysentery by tribals.

This is a very interesting woody climber or Liana in Convolvulaceae family (may be the only woody liana in Convolvulaceae).

It took some for me to believe that this huge woody climber belongs to Convolvulaceae when my taxonomy guide identified this plant with leafy branches. With that I referred flora books and realized that this is…
Without flowers this woody climber doesn’t give you any convolvulacean hint. Sometimes it reaches 20 in height and reaches the canopy. I could only collect the fallen branches that had buds (thanks to wild Bonnet Macaques).
Thanks for sharing nice pictures of this pretty flowers.

U r right. This is the only member of Convolvulaceae which is a large woody climber and the fruits are really tasty. This is all due to traditional knowledge documentation which i am doing now for a particular community in Orissa.

Oh my god, I didn’t know that the fruits are edible!

I missed opportunity to eat the fruit for 5 years when I was in Kudremukh during my PhD field work time.
This species was there in plenty in the lower altitudes!
But I remember where and all I have seen the individuals of this climber once I climbed on a tree through this liana as well!
Next time I will try go there in the fruiting season.
Thanks for the traditional knowledge documentation and sharing the same here.

Wild climber SN3419 : 10 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (2)
Wild climber with neem like fruit from Siddhapura area of Karnataka

Erycibe paniculata

Pl. check Erycibe paniculata as per id with …

Can Erycibe be grown as large liana?

Yes, … as per details and references at Erycibe paniculata

Thanks, …, for the id.
To me also appears close as per details and references at Erycibe paniculata



images are taken in Maredumili forest : 4 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2)

Dear friends these images are taken in Maredumili forest by a forest guard, it is a small tree/shrub, probably of Primulaceae, he is unable to give the details, I could not find a match from my collection, please help me in the id of the plant.

It is a scandent shrub, Erycibe paniculata of convolvulaceae

Thanks, … Yes, matches with images at Erycibe paniculata

This is Erycibe paniculata of Convolvulaceae family a large woody climber a unique species in the family.



Please provide more information such as where you got this from, height, flower color and size etc. Please let me know whether the branches were rusty pubescent or not.
I do not think that this is Sarcostigma of Icacinaceae family.

Erycibe paniculata


381 ID wild climber:
Please ID wild climber,
Location: near Vannappuram, Thodupuzha, Idukki Dist., Kerala PIN:685607
Altitude: 1500fsl
Flower date: 30OCT2022, 04pm
Habitat: wild moisture, wet soiled rocky misty hill, wind, shady
Plant habit: woody climber, branches, branchlets, hard twining stem 03 inches base diameter, rough flaked brown spiked bark, long lasting
Height: 06 meters
Leaves: alternate, elliptic, acute, simple glossy, size upto:12×7cm
Flower: axillary panicle racemose, clustered, diameter:11mm, white, good fragrance

Camera: CANON EOS1500D +FL10x

Pl. check

Erycibe paniculata is close as per images at

Yes it is Erycibe paniculata, dear …, thank you very much for ID my plant,




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