Myrica esculenta Buch.-Ham. ex D. Don, Prodr. Fl. Nepal.: 56 (1825) as per POWO;
Morella esculenta (Buch.-Ham. ex D.Don) I.M.Turner (Syn: Ascarina rubra Poir.; Gale japonica Cheval.; Myrica auriculata Ridl.; Myrica esculenta Buch.-Ham. ex D. Don; Myrica esculenta var. auriculata Gamble; Myrica farquhariana Wall.; Myrica lobbii Teysm. & Binn. ex Miq.; Myrica longifolia Teysm. & Binn. ex C. DC.; Myrica missionis Wall.; Myrica sapida Wall.; Nageia japonica Gaerm.) as per Catalogue of Life;
China (Guangdong, Guangxi, Guizhou, Sichuan, Yunnan), Bhutan, India, Myanmar [Burma], Laos, Thailand, Vietnam, Java, peninsular Malaysia (widespread), SingaporeBorneo, Philippines, Lesser Sunda Isl. (Bali, Lombok, Sumba, Flores), Burma (Chin, Kachin, Sagaing, Mandalay, Mon), Nepal, Sumatra (incl. Bangka Isl., Belitung) as per Catalogue of Life;
Common name: Box Myrtle, Bayberry • Bengali: kaiphal, satsarila • Hindi: kaiphal, kaphal • Kannada: kirishivani • Khasi: soh-phi • Malayalam: maruta • Nepali: काफल Kafal • Sanskrit: katphala, mahavalkala • Tamil: chavviyaci, chavviyacimaram

Kaphal or Myrica esculent: 3 images.
Myrica esculenta or kaphal as it is locally known
small red fruits
binsar wildlife sanctuary

UP-Meghalay-11 for id : 5 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2)
Id pl. of this tree which was in a good no in the Mauphlog sacret grove,
its juicy sour fruits are of lamon size, fruits turn pink red when ripe but remain sour, though ripe.

adding more photos of this plant for id pl.
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It seems to be Myrica esculenta.

Myrica esculenta

Myrica esculenta ATMAY2016/02 : 12 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (3)

Myrica esculenta
Synonym: Myrica sapida
Family: Myricaceae
It is a delicious wild fruit of Hills selling at a price tag of Rs.
200/- per kg.
Shimla, Hamirpur, Solan (H.P.)
March-May 2013-2015

very nice. how tall is this tree shrub?
ps what does the seed /seeds look like?

Plants can be up to 10m in height. I’ll upload photographs of tree tomorrow.

Beautiful tree. The fruits indeed look delicious!

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Details of fruits. Attachments (1)

new to me. any seeds?

I’ll bring fruits and show you the  seed by Sunday.

Fruit is a one-seeded drupe. Seeds are very hard and can not be chewed along with fruits.  Some people swallow the seeds as well. Attachments (2)

Thanks … so how big is this fruit and how big is the seed. Is it very hard? hammer hard? how do they plant them then? acid pre-treatment or filing one end? since its medicinal …
(ayurveda : name is perhaps of this particular species: Kayaphal?)
there must be  a horticultural interest and method developed, may be?
Thanks for being so diligent.

This tree is not planted on commercial scale. Seeds are very hard like almonds.


Myrica esculenta Buch.-Ham. ex D. Don. : 7 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (8)- around 700 kb each.
Location: Dhulikhel, Nepal
Altitude:  4400 ft.
Date: Fruit Image – 26 March 2013
Location: Telkot, Nagarkot, Nepal
Altitude:  5000 ft.
Date :     Rest image –  8 September 2016
Nepali Nameकाफल Kafal


Location: Surbinayak, Gundu, Nepal

Date: 28 March 2017
Altitude: 5400 ft.
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Tree Id Help : 3 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (1)
I need help with a tree growing on Phulchowki south Kathmandu Valley at an elevation of 1900m.

Myrica esculenta Buch.-Ham. ex D. Don !


Myrica esculenta Buch.-Ham. ex D. Don. : 2 posts by 1 author. 2 images- 5 mb each.

Location: Badikhel, Lalitpur
Date: 19 September 2020
Elevation: 1734 m.
Habit : Wild


Tree for ID from Bhageshwar Uttarakhand:GS15032022-1: 1 very high res. image.
Please help with the ID of this tree photographed from Bhageshwar, Uttarakhand, 16-4-2012.
Unfortunately a single image is available.

Is it Myrica esculenta?

I think looks different from images at

Can it be from Lauraceae?

In my observation too… it is Myrica esculenta.

I have zoomed in and trimmed pic.

Flowers now visible.
maybe this will help.

Yes. Myrica esculenta.