Salacia fruticosa Wall., Numer. List 4223 1831. ;
SW. India as per POWO;
Malayalam Ponkarandi, Eakanayakam
Others Korandi


Woody climbing shrubs; branchlets looped; young shoots puberulous. Leaves 3.8 – 7 x 2-4 cm, elliptic-ovate or elliptic-oblong, base rounded or cuneate, apex obtusely acuminate, coriaceous; petiole c. 5 mm long. Cymes axillary; pedicels 3-5 mm long. Calyx 5-lobed, minute; lobes minutely ciliate on margins. Petals 5, brownish-yellow, c. 2 mm across, orbicular. Disc fleshy. Stamens 3, inserted on the inner margin of the disc; filaments broad, curved. Ovary globose, minute, partially sunk in the disc, 3-celled; ovules 2-8 in each cell; style very short; stigma capitate, obscurely 3-lobed. Berry 2-2.5 cm across, globose, red. Seeds 1-3.

Flowering and fruiting: February-May
Evergreen and semi-evergreen forests, also in the sacred groves and plains
Western Ghats (Endemic)

ID please : 5 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (1).
request the ID
Location: Kannur, Kerala

Salacia sp

Salacia species so far in efi

I think this may be the fruit of Salacia fruticosa Heyne ex Lawson. If a single flower of this plant is there, the identification is quite easy.

Supporting Salacia fruiticosa


Salacia fruticosa Wall. ex M.A.Lawson submission AS6 April21: 7 images.

Salacia fruticosa Wall. ex M.A.Lawson
Family – Celastraceae
Salacia fruticosa is a native woody climbing shrub endemic to Western Ghats where it is distributed in Evergreen to Semi Evergreen forest and plains. The species is represented by only single fruiting image on site, please find attached beautiful yellow flowering and plant habit images.
Photographed in cultivation at FRLHT (TDU) Garden, Bengaluru, Karnataka
In April 2021

76 ID wild plant: 30 images.
Please ID the wild plant,
Location:         near Reserve Forest, Chathamattom, Ernakulam District, Kerala PIN:686671
Date:.               25.04.2021, 01.00pm
Altitude:           1700fsl
Habitat:            wild moisture
Plant habit:      climbing, hard stem
Height:             06 meters
Leaves:            opposite oval oblong apex
Flower:             diameter:02mm, orange
Fruit:                 globular green into deep orange diameter 2-4cm
edible delicious sweet
Seed:                black, oval 4-6nos. size:11×7×5mm
Camera:           mobile LG K10 2017 13mp +macro lens

This appears to be a Salacia sp. [Celastraceae].

I think Salacia fruticosa as per images and details herein.

Yes, it is

Yesterday, I got a fruit without worm infection, but I cannot enjoy this, because it is in dry stage, single seed (2×1cm) in it.  It is very hard to get the seed with the sweety pulp because caterpillar eat it upto 75%. I am happy to share the seed image,


identification of a fruiting tree: 1 image.
Date: 4/4/2021

Location: Aruvikuzhi , Pathanamthitta, Kerala
Habitat: wild type
Plant habit: tree
Leaves: simple
Fruit : Reddish orange, oval shaped, multiple seeds in it with yellow colored pulp.

Resembles Crateva sp.,

1 image

Yes it’s Crateva, Check with local species

the leaves are small to be of Crateva species
1 image

If have any more information, post

The fruit skin was also leathery and the seeds were hard.

Leaves trifoliate ?

It’s different from Crateva,

I agree with … If you need correct identity please post proper images showing habit, foliage, leaves arrangement, flowers if any etc.,

Post a picture showing the arrangement of leaves: digitately trifoliate nature (characteristic of the Crateva species) for confirmation.

1 image

Finally found out which was the tree. It is Salacia fruticosa

Yes, it’s matched,…


identification of an unknown plant: 1 image.
location : Aruvikuzhi , pathanamthitta , kerala
fruit found in first week of april. plant size of small tree

Salacia fruticosa as per another thread.


ID Kannur 01/06/22: 1 high res. image.
Please identify this shrub from Kannur district of Kerala

Pl. check

How could this be Apocyanaceae…..? is it not some thing like Salacia?

If so, pl. check

Salacia fruticosa B.Heyne ex M.A.Lawson !


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