Leycesteria gracilis (Kurz) Airy Shaw, Icon. Pl. 32: t. 3166 t. 3166 1927. (Syn: Lonicera gracilis Kurz); 
Images by Sheila (ID by Sheila and Vijayashankar)



SHRUB ID………11/12/2011………S.S……….052…….. NEAR LAVA. WEST BENGAL.:

Beautiful purple berries. Taken 15th April 2011.
Near Lava. West Bengal.
Please can someone id this.
Habitat-…. Growing wild in the forest near Lava. West Bengal.
Plant Habit…… Shrub
Height/Length-….Leaves… See pic.
Inflorescence…. ????
Fruits… Small purple berries. See pic.

Appears to be Leycesteria glaucophylla

Many thanks  … for the suggestion of Leycesteria glaucophylla.

However, I have found it on eflora china where it says “Berry yellow-green”
So sadly I feel this still remains unsolved.

Following my thrilling id of Lecesteria stipulata, last night, I found a pic of the berries on www. for it.
Sadly I cannot add the link as it must be a private image.
But I did notice that the berries in pic had a sort of coronet on the end.
Just like the berries here!
So I set to and did a bit more research.
I now believe I have another Leycesteria…. Leycesteria gracilis.
eflora mentions the lack of stipules.With berries that are red turning blue purple!
Coincidentally the 2nd link has a botanical drawing… which shares the page with the Leycesteria stipulata.
You are right once again! Jackpot!
Yes, I absolutely agree with the id L. gracilis. Here is a fruiting specimen looking similar to your plant http://gardenbreizh.org/photos/karlostachys/photo-214354.html.
I truly appreciate your perceptive observation and tenacity!



SHRUB ID……31.10.2011………..S.S…………52: I would be grateful if someone could id this shrub with beautiful purple berries.
Date/Time- 15th April 2011. Afternoon
Location- Place, Altitude, GPS- Near Neora Valley Jungle camp. Near Lave. West Bengal. Fairly high.
Habitat- Garden/ Urban/ Wild/ Type-…. Wild. Along the track through forest
Plant Habit- Tree/ Shrub/ Climber/ Herb- … Shrub.
Height/Length-….Sorry cammot remember.
Leaves Type/ Shape/ Size-… see pics.
Inflorescence Type/ Size-???
Flowers Size/ Colour/ Calyx/ Bracts-????
Fruits Type/ Shape/ Size Seeds- Beautiful purple berries. See pics.

I searched to my capacity, capacity of a beginner, and found this maybe some member of Caprifoliaceae, barring colour the fruits look like the one at –http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Leycesteria_formosa1.jpg

It is Leycesteria formosa of Caprifoliaceae. It is very common in Neora Velley National Park, may be around Aluabari and upto Jopokhri at the top.

Leycestria formosana is a very common shrub in UK. I have never seen it without the bigpuple coloured bracts that come with the flowers and remain on the plant with the berries.

Does it do something very different in Nepal?

Leycesteria gracilis (Kurz) Airy Shaw as per another thread: SHRUB ID………11/12/2011………S.S……….052…….. NEAR LAVA. WEST BENGAL.




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Location : Lava, Kalimpong, India
Date : 11 May 2018
Elevation :  7000 ft.
Habit : Wild

Lonicera by any chance?    

Leycesteria gracilis (Kurz) Airy Shaw
Syn : Lonicera gracilis Kurz



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