Vaccinium neilgherrense Wight, Calcutta J. Nat. Hist. 8:173. 1847;
Tamil: Kalavu, Kila Malayalam: Manalamaram Kannada: Hollenugu

Small trees, branchlets drooping. Leaves to 9 x 1.5 cm, lanceolate, acuminate; nerves very oblique. Flowers 10 mm long; calyx tube glabrous, lobes ovate, ciliate; corolla white, glabrous, lobes ovate, spreading; filaments tomentose.

Flowering and fruiting: February-April
Evergreen and shola forests
Southern Western Ghats (Endemic)


Nilgiris: Rhamnaceae for identification 290613MK01 : Attachments (7).  5 posts by 2 authors.

Please help me in identifying the tree species. The fruits are edible. Could this be any Rhamnaceae?
Leaf: c. 10cm long
Fruit: 0.7 cm across
Habitat: wet forest
Date: 19 June 2013
Place: Longwood Shola, Kotagiri, Nilgiris, TN
Alt.: 2000 m asl

Looks like a member of Myrtaceae, as the fruits seem to be formed from an inferior ovary with remnants of floral parts at the tip. Any Eugenia sps. Not sure

It could be Vaccinium sp?

I also doubt this could be any Vaccinium sp.

It is Vaccinium neilgherrense

Thanks a lot … for confirming.


ID Ooty 02/12/3/23: 2 high res. images.
Please identify this shrub from Ooty. 12/3/23

Vaccinium leschenaultii Wight !

I think more likely to be Vaccinium neilgherrense Wight as per FoPI and POWO rather than Vaccinium leschenaultii Wight as per FoPI and POWO.