Coffea wightiana Wall. ex Wight & Arn. (syn: Psilanthus wightianus (Wall. ex Wight & Arn.) J.-F.Leroy);


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Plant name: Psilanthus wightianus (Wall. ex Wight & Arn.) J.F.Leroy, Bull. Mus. Natl. Hist. Nat., B, Adansonia 3: 252 1981 publ. 1982.
Family: Rubiaceae
Deciduous shrubs; 1-2m tall; branches horizontal and branchlets spinescent. Leaves opposite; stipules broad; sub-sessile, lamina 2-3 × 1-1.5 cm, elliptic-ovate, apex acute, entire, base obtuse, membranous. Flowers 5-merous, 1.5-2cm long, solitary or rarely in simple cymes at the end of branchlets, white, fragrant; bracteoles form a calculus. Calyx irregularly many toothed, 1.5 mm. Corolla tube 1-1.2cm, lobes 8 mm long, twisted, elliptic-oblong. Stamens included; anthers oblong. Pistils 2, style 3 mm long, included, bifid at apex. Berries 6-8mm across, subglobose, purple when ripe.
Habitat & location: Rare. Found in scrubs in rocky hill slopes. Photographed at Rapur, Penchalakona.


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Found in Vandalur reserve forests.

May be Canthium angustifolium Roxb.

It can’t be Canthium angustifolium. The fruits are in kind of double. But, mine is a single pulpy fruit.

Psilanthus wightianus (Wight & Arn.) J. Leroy


jasmine for identification, mm 8 19 11 2018 : 22 posts by 6 authors. Attachments (3)

jasmine for identification.
this was seen growing in Chinnar WLS, Idukki district in Kerala.
Chinnar is in the rain shadow area of the Nilgiris and the vegetation in the forest is deciduous in nature

Pl. check comparative images at

thank you for the suggestion. i did check but did not find a clear match. perhaps i need to check again

I could not find a match as per comparative images at Jasminum

Is it not some Rubiaceae?

This may be a Rubiaceae member, never be a Jasminum sp.

It is probably Catunaregam so or may be Randia

Yes it is Catunaregam spinosa

I think it has lots of similarity to Catunaregam sp. or Randia sp.

May be Psilanthus bengalensis

To me looks different from images at Catunaregam spinosa

To me looks different from images at Coffea benghalensis

I agree with … I did check earlier but life too over and i forgot to write about it

It is Psilanthus wightianus of Rubiaceae, it is endemic to Peninsular India.

some more information.
It is Coffea wightiana Wall. ex Wight & Arn (= Psilanthus wightianus (Wall. ex Wight & Arn.) J.-F.Leroy), after summer rain it will bloom completely. I used to see this from past 2 decades around Chennai.—z/r/rubiaceae/coffea/coffea-wightiana


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Found inside Vandalur Zoo. Chennai.

A Rubiaceae

Psilanthus wightiana


Coffea wightiana Wall. ex Wight & Arn. : 4 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2).

Coffea wightiana Wall. ex Wight & Arn., (= Psilanthus wightianus (Wall. ex Wight & Arn.) J.-F.Leroy), Fam Rubiaceae
01/11/2010, 50m altitude, Thirukalukundram, Kanchepuram Dt, Tamilnadu
Deciduous shrub,
characteristic full bloom with bright white flowers during summer, whole hill becomes white immediately after rains



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Pl. find the attached file contain photo for id. confirmation.
Date: 21.04.2015
Location: Adyar, Chennai

Habitat: Garden
Habit: Shrub

What an amazing flower show.

Very beautiful!
It somewhat resembles Psilanthus wightianus, may be a cultivar. Please follow and record leaf and fruit characters.

Wonderful  photograph of a  very beautiful plant. I could not see this  charming plant during my tenure in Chennai though I used to hunt for plants. Thanks for posting the photographs. Regarding the ID can you  please post the photographs of the foliage, if you have. Also intimate me the location of the plant in Chennai, so that I can visit  the place and have a look at this  beautiful shrub when I visit Chennai in the coming days.
I thank … for forwarding the same for ID.

Its a stunning plant.  Seems to be an Apocynaceae member. If large climber can check against Trachelospermum jasminoides, False Jasmine. Some info on the habit of the plant and leaves would be useful.

It is Coffea wightiana Wall. ex Wight & Arn (= Psilanthus wightianus (Wall. ex Wight & Arn.) J.-F.Leroy), after summer rain it will bloom completely. I used to see this from past 2 decades around Chennai


Swamy/2023/112 – ID of the Jasminum sps.: 2 images.
Please ID the plant. Photographed in Tamil Nadu this week: Thruporur Reserve forest.
Received with a tag –J .multipartitum. Please confirm or suggest the correct ID.

It is not Jasminum species; it is Coffea travencorensis close to Coffea wightiana of Rubiace family; I collected Coffea wightiana. it has small spiny branches on which flowers arise, the calyx is cup shaped, it is not in Jasminum, Coffea wightiana looks similar to this plant

It has spines on the stems. Hence I got doubt. Therefore, I referred it to  … who is an expert on the flora of peninsula….  has identified it as a species of Coffea travencorensis. For the information of the group mebers.

Plant seems to have been taken at lower elevation (Request Mahadeswara ji to let us know about it)
I feel it may be Coffea wightiana on detailed examination of the two as per the following:

Coffea wightiana:

The elevation is 14 m/ 46 feet.

Does any Coffea sp. have long spines as shown in the images ?

it is close to Coffea wightiana




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