Chionanthus ramiflorus Roxb., Fl. Ind. 1: 106 1820. (Syn: Chionanthus effusiflorus F.Muell.; Chionanthus intermedius (Wight) F.Muell.; Chionanthus macrophyllus (Wall. & G.Don) Blume; Chionanthus macrophyllus var. attenuatus (C.B.Clarke) K.K.N.Nair & K.P.Janardh. ; Chionanthus palembanicus Miq.; Chionanthus paniculatus (Roxb.) K.K.N.Nair & K.P.Janardh. [Illegitimate]; Chionanthus pauciflorus (Wall. ex G.Don) Bennet & Raizada ..; Chionanthus picrophloius F.Muell.; Chionanthus ramiflorus var. grandiflorus B.M.Miao …; Chionanthus roxburghii (Spreng.) S.K.Srivast. & S.L.Kapoor [Illegitimate] .; Chionanthus tenuiflora Wall. ex DC. [Invalid]; Linociera cumingiana S.Vidal; Linociera effusiflora F.Muell.; Linociera intermedia Wight .; Linociera macrophylla Wall. & G.Don .; Linociera oblonga Wall. & G.Don; Linociera pauciflora (Wall. ex G.Don) C.B.Clarke ..; Linociera picrophloia (F.Muell.) F.M.Bailey; Linociera ramiflora (Roxb.) Wall.; Linociera ramiflora (Roxb.) Wall. ex G. Don ..; Mayepea cumingiana (S.Vidal) Merr.; Mayepea intermedia (Wight) Kuntze; Mayepea palembanica (Miq.) Kuntze; Mayepea pauciflora (Wall. ex G.Don) Kuntze; Mayepea picrophloia (F.Muell.) F.Muell.; Mayepea ramiflora (Roxb.) F.Muell.; Olea attenuata Wall. & G.Don; Olea floribunda Benth.; Olea paniculata Roxb. [Illegitimate]; Olea pauciflora Wall. ex G.Don; Olea roxburghiana Schult.; Olea roxburghii Spreng.; Phillyrea ramiflora Roxb. ex C.B.Clarke);
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Trees, to 20 m high, bark 1.3 cm, light greyish-brown, minutely warty tubercled; blaze creamy-yellow; branchlets glabrous. Leaves simple, opposite, estipulate; petiole 20-30 mm long, slender, glabrous; lamina 5-20 x 2.5-6 cm, elliptic to obovate, base cuneate, apex acuminate, margin entire, glabrous, chartaceous; lateral nerves 6-8 pairs, pinnate, prominent, glabrous, intercostae reticulate. Flowers bisexual, white, in axillary or terminal panicles; pedicel 1 cm long; calyx lobes 4, acute, glabrous; corolla 3 mm long, lobes 4, connate in pairs, narrowly oblong; stamens 2, attached at the base of corolla lobes; filaments short; anthers dehiscing on margin; connective broad; ovary 2-celled, superior, glabrous, ovules 2 in each cell, pendulous from the apex; style short. Fruit a drupe, oblong, 1.2-2 cm long, black, glabrous; seed solitary.

Flowering and fruiting: February-April
Evergreen and shola forests

Chionanthus ramiflorus Roxb. SN Mar 11 : Attachments (1). 1 post by 1 author.

Chionanthus ramiflorus Roxb, Small tree, Fam: Oleaceae

Medikere, Coorg, Karnataka


Family: Oleaceae
Date: June 2016
Place: Skandagiri range, Chikaballapura, Karnataka
Habit: Tree
Habitat: Scrub forest
I believe the fruits in this post from 2015 are of the same species but they require validation.

Thanks a lot, …, for the these detailed pictures. 






ANMAY37/47 Please identify this tree : 7 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (9)

Family: Oleaceae (?)
Date: May 2015
Place: Hassan District
Habit: Tree
Habitat: Scrub forest

May be Chionanthus mala-elengi

…, this was growing in a dry area not part of the Western Ghats. C. mala-elengi is supposed to be endemic to the Western Ghats. Please validate once more.

Flowers of the same.

Attachments (1)

Thank you sir. I will take it as C. mala-elengi in that case.

The fruits in this case are distinctly with a stalk which should rule out C. mala-elengi. Can they belong instead to C. ramiflorus? Please refer the flowers and other details posted here.

Thanks, … May be matching as per plant illustrations

Pl. check.

Thank you very much sir. Yes, I agree they match too. 

Chionanthus mala-elengi as per images and details herein.

I have to look into it again as I was confused by the flowers by … in this thread.




ANAUG16/16 Please identify this tree : 7 posts by 5 authors. Attachments (6)

Could this belong to Oleaceae?
Date: April 2015
Place: Hassan, Karnataka

Habit: Short tree
Habitat: Scrub forest


Yes, that is what I thought of too. But no idea about the genus!

Oleaceae. Check Chionanthus sp.

But in Chionanthus the inflorescences are paniculate.

I think close to images at Chionanthus ramiflorus Roxb.



MS Sept,2018/11 tree for id : 8 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2)

Location : Reiek – Ailawng road

Date : 07-09-2018
Habit : Small tree

Do you have any habit or other images? 

Oleaceae member Chionanthus only, C. ramiflorus,



References: Catalogue of Life  The Plant List Ver.1.1  WCSP  Flora of China  Annotated checklist of Flowering plants of Nepal  India Biodiversity Portal  Biotik  Wikipedia 

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