Flacourtia montana J. Graham, Cat. Pl. Bombay 10 10 1839. (syn: Flacourtia inermis Miq. ex Hook. fil. & Thoms. (ambiguous synonym));
India: Semi evergreen and moist deciduous forests of Western Ghats, up to 1000 m (1800 m). Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala as per BSI Flora of India (1993);
flak-KOOR-tee-uh — named for Etienne de Flacourt, director of the Fr. East India Company
MON-tah-nuh or mon-TAY-nuh — of the mountains
commonly known as: mountain sweet thorn • Gujarati: અટ્ટક attak • Kannada: ಅಟ್ಟಕ attak, ಹೆಣ್ಣು ಸಮ್ಪಿಗೆ hennu sampige • Konkani: अटक atak, चामफर chamfar • Malayalam: ചരല്വ്വഴം caralvvazham • Marathi: रान तांबूट raan-tambut
Endemic to: Western Ghats (India)
Acc. Flora of BSI Mah (As per efi thread):
Styles absent (stigma sessile)… F. latifolia
Drupe size of a cherry; scarlet when ripe ……. F. montana
Drupe size of a plum; purple when ripe …… F. cataphracta
Drupe size of a pea;
Stigmas 5-11 ………… F. ramontchii (syn. of F. indica as per GRIN etc.)
Stigmas 3-4 ………… F. latifolia
Throny trees to 8 m, thorns about 5 cm long, bark grey, thin, smooth. Leaves simple, alternate, spiral; petiole 5-10, stout, glabrous; lamina 12-22 x 6-8, ovate, elliptic, base acute or rounded, apex acute or acuminate, margin crenate-serrate, coriaceous, glabrous except midrib below, shining above; 3-5 nerves from the base, prominent, lateral veins 4-6 pairs, pinnate, prominent, intercostae scalariform, slender, prominent. Flowers unisexual, small, in axillary congested pubescent cymes; sepals 4 or 5 tomentose, small, imbricate; petals absent; stamens many; anthers versatile; ovary superior, urn shaped, glabrous, incompletely 2-5 locular, ovules 2 in each cell; styles 5, reflexed, notched at tip. Fruit a berry, globose, obtusely ribbed, 1-1.5 cm across, bright red, of an agreeable acid flavour; seeds few, reddish.
Flowering and fruiting: April-June
Evergreen and semi-evergreen forests
Endemic to the Western Ghats- common trees in South, Central and south Maharashtra Sahyadris.
Salicaceae (including Flacourtiaceae) fortnight :: FOR ID – Flacourtia ¿ montana / indica ? :: DVFEB14 (my concluding post) : 5 posts by 3 authors. 12 images.
Flacourtia ¿ montana / indica ?
The plant in this post is confusing me. Though I have labelled it as Flacourtia montana it seems to be not. Please validate. I have put all the photos – hopefully any / one of them may prove useful in validation.
Habit: large shrub (small tree) about 4 – 5 m, seemingly unarmed
Habitat: on gradual slope, mixed deciduous forest, about 350 ft asl
Reason for confusion is the leaf shape and venation. Comparatively denser flowering. Not able to recollect whether the plant was armed or not – looks unarmed. Recent sighting of F. montana was comparatively a larger plant – about 7 – 8 m … close to water course.
at Tungareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary on 17 APR 09
I’m not sure about this one. It could be F. montana but some of the leaves look a bit small
efi page on Flacourtia montana
¿ Litsea josephii ? : Attachments (1). 7 posts by 3 authors.
Could this be Litsea josephii (popular syn. L. stocksii) ? (Jan 17, 2009, at Tungareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary)
Reference: Shrikant Ingalhalikar’s Further Flowers of Sahyadri, pg. 265
More views at http://www.flickr.com/search/?s=int&w=91314344@N00&q=Litsea+josephii&m=text
Great photographs but it looks like Litsea glutinosa [ L.chinensis]. Please check.
OK …, thank you very much for this guidance.
Links for Litsea glutinosa (Indian laurel):
http://www.hear.org/Pier/litsea_glutinosa.htm (Detailed desc. with two piics.),
http://species.wikimedia.Lauraceae_sp_Blanco2.360.png (a plate),
http://www.geocities.BookofWisdomandLitsea.html (some details),
http://www.stuartxchange.org/Puso-puso.html (details with a pic.),
http://www.bpi.da.gov.ph/Publications/puso-puso.pdf (some details).
One of my friend, …, says this to be Flacourtia montana … I too think so.
The leaves and flowers look really unusual for a Lauraceae. The inflorescense and the arrangement of stamens also are different and resemble Flacourtiaceae and not Lauraceae.
I think if its a tree then its very likely to be Flacourtia montana. I think so because if you observe the leaves carefully you will see serrations. As far as i know there aren’t any Litseas with serrated leaf margin.
I need to know how the bark was if you observed it carefully.
I got a very good link with lots of pictures for Flacourtia montana except for the flowers at http://www.biotik.org/india/flacmont_en.html
Yes, …. I too been there before responding here … it was of great use for coming to conclusion for this post.
AND certainly other factsheets too are very useful.
Mountain Sweet Thorn is a tree up to 8 m tall, endemic to the Western Ghats.
Trunk is branched and possesses simple thorns.
Bark is brownish, smooth, blaze cream.
Alternately arranged leaves are narrow elliptic- oblong, with stalks 0.4-0.9 cm long. Leaves are velvety, 7-18 cm long, 4-8 cm wide, with a tapering tip, wedge-shaped base, and toothed margin.
Flowers are small, yellowish, spherical hairy balls. Male and and female flowers on separate trees, borne in cymes in leaf axils.
Berry is red when ripe, round and fleshy, 1-seeded.
photographed in Chalakudy, Kerala
I came across this Interesting fruit in Chalakudy where it is called ‘lubika’. they are edible with a strikingly similar Gooseberry taste!
I have observed F.indica in Pune. This is new to me.
A medium sized tree, No flowering observed
May be some Glochidion species from Phyllanthaceae
Glochidion xerocarpum ?
How about Flacourtia montana? sometimes when the fruit are green you can see these lines on them.
Flacourtia montana J.Graham
Supporting Flacourtia montana
Salicaceae (including Flacourtiaceae) fortnight :: Flacourtia montana at Tungareshwar WLS :: DVFEB11 : 1 post by 1 author. 1 image.
Flacourtia montana J. Graham … also placed in Flacourtiaceae
at Tungareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary on 23 FEB 13
Salicaceae (including Flacourtiaceae) Fortnight: Flacourtia montana from Kerala : Attachments (1). 1 post by 1 author.
Flacourtia montana – edible fruits– from Kerala
Salicaceae (including Flacourtiaceae) fortnight :: Flacourtia for Id from Kerala :: SS Feb 1: 4 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (3).
Please identify this tree growing in the wild. I think this is a Flacourtia species.
Photographed way back in May 2006 from Periyar Tiger Reserve in Kerala.
I have only 3 photographs with me
Flacourtia montana J.Graham
Small plant from Anshi : 3 posts by 2 authors. 2 correct images.
please ID this small tree from Anshi Guest House.
It seems you have mixed two plants in one post.
DSCN0935 & DSCN0937 belong to Flacourtia montana J.Graham (Hope you did taste these fruits) ……………..
Thanks … for the ID and showing me my mistake.
Common names for Flacourtia montana in Kannada are:
attak, hennu sampige, kakkade hannu mara
… these are compiled from internet.
… will be glad if Kannad-knowing friends help in validating these words (names) … and put them in native Kannada script.
Tree with many stamen flowers-Matheran : 4 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (8)
Please find attached picture of a tree in Matheran.
Date: Mid December 2018.
It was growing in dappled shade or partial shade.
New branches were tomentose and old branches were without hairs.
Old branches had bunch of tiny flowers.
Matheran belong to Western Ghats in Maharashtra State of India.
Matheran elevation: 800 m
It is Flacourtia montana J. Graham
Thank you so much … Matching perfect.
Was searching for fruit and female flower pictures…need little help regarding the same.
Yes, appears close to images at Flacourtia montana
Location: near Vannappuram, Thodupuzha, Idukki Dist., Kerala PIN:685607
Flower date: 27DEC2022, 02.30pm
Habitat: wild moisture, canopy
Plant habit: tree overgrown, erect branches, branchlets, hard woody stem 70 inches base circumference, rough brown lite-flaked bark
Height: 10 meters
Leaves: alternate, elliptic, acute, simple glossy, smooth upper epidermis, lite bitter taste, size upto:13×7cm
Flower: axillary micro spike racemose multiple, clustered, diameter:03.5mm, greenish yellow, non fragrant
Camera: CANON EOS1500D +FL10x
This appears to be Flacourtia montana as per
Yes it is very close to Flacourtia montana, dear …, thank you very much for ID my plant dear … I observed that the stigma of all flowers divided into 06, lengthy and thin than kew image. And my tree is not thorny.
I think it is dioecious, and female.
Please check screen shot, KEW image let.
Yes, there may be variations.
Also check details at
Ok dear …
Thank you very much for sharing ID link with me. Local people confirmed the fruit image at KEW. They used tender fruits to making pickle and ripened for eating. I can’t confirm the ID with images at efi because I didn’t see male inflorescence.