Microtropis ramiflora Wight, Icon. Pl. Ind. Orient. 3: t. 977 1845. (Syn: Paracelastrus ramiflorus (Wight) F.N.Williams);

Evergreen trees, to 25 m high; bark greenish-yellow, smooth with bluish-green blotches, blaze yellow turning yellowish-brown; branchlets black purple, rough. Leaves simple, opposite, decussate, estipulate; petiole 3-10 mm long, stout, glabrous; lamina 5-13 x 2.5-6.5 cm, elliptic, elliptic-ovate or obovate, base round or subcordate, apex rounded or slightly emarginate, margin revolute, cucullate, coriaceous, glabrous, slightly rugose above; lateral nerves 5-7 pairs, pinnate, prominent, intercostae reticulate, prominent. Flowers bisexual, yellowish, sessile, 6-10 in axillary condensed clusters; sepals 5, ovate to suborbicular, unequal, margin laciniate, imbricate; petals 5, fleshy, joined at the base with disc; disc annular; stamens 5, inserted on the disc; filaments subulate, basally connate; ovary conical, seated on the disc, 2-3-celled, ovules 2 in each cell; style short, stigma 2-3 lobed. Fruit a capsule, 2 x 0.8 cm, ellipsoid, woody, apiculate, grey to rusty, 2-valved, surrounded at the base by persistent calyx; seed one, 4 x 6 mm, oblong, stipitate, erect.

Flowering and fruiting: March-June
Shola forests
Peninsular India and Sri Lanka


Images by Muthu Karthick, Validation by Santhosh Kumar (Inserted by J.M.Garg)


Nilgiris :: Celastraceae tree for identification :: 291213MK003 : Attachments (7). 3 posts by 2 authors.

Please help me in identifying this small tree for identification. Can this be  Microtropis ramiflora of Celastraceae?
Height: 5-7 m
Leaf: leathery; glabrous, 12 cm long
Fruit: hard, 2.5 cm long; aril red on mature
Date: 12 Dec 2013
Place: Doddabetta RF, Nilgiris, TN

Alt.: 2450 m asl

I too think it is Microtropis ramiflora

Shola Species pls idenitify ID Niju2803201501 : 6 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (2)

From Sispara, Silent valley NP, Kerala

This is Microtropis sp. Celasteraceae.

may we know the size of the fruits and the leaves.

fruits mostly is what I am interested in

Thanks, to …
Pl. check From Biotik:
Microtropis ramiflora Wight perhaps. Key to Indian species.

Thanks, …, for the initial Id.



I think matches with images at Microtropis ramiflora Wight

Shola speciecs please identify NIJU/04/15/01 : 5 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (3)

This tree found in high altitude region of Silent valley national park, sispara, Kerala

It is Microtopis sp. Celasteraceae

Pl. check From Biotik:
Microtropis latifolia Wt. ex Lawson
Microtropis microcarpa Wt.
Microtropis ramiflora Wt.
Microtropis stocksii Gamble

Microtropis ramiflora Wight of Celastraceae

Microtropis ramiflora Wight perhaps. Key to Indian species.

Does not look like any from the list of Flora of Peninsular India matches.

I think it matches with Microtropis ramiflora Wight as per Biotik and GBIF– specimen 1specimen 2.




The Plant List Ver. 1.1 (Unresolved) India Biodiversity Portal  Biotik 

JSTOR | Global Plants: Type? of Microtropis ramiflora Wight [family   Plant illustrations