Gomphandra tetrandra (Wall.) Sleumer, Notizbl. Bot. Gart. Berlin-Dahlem 15: 238 1940. (Syn: Gomphandra annamensis Gagnep.; Gomphandra axillaris Wall. ex Bedd. [Illegitimate]; Gomphandra cambodiana Pierre ex Gagnep.; Gomphandra camchayensis Gagnep.; Gomphandra chingiana (Hand.-Mazz.) Sleumer; Gomphandra hainanensis Merr.; Gomphandra hainanensis var. latifolia Gagnep.; Gomphandra kerrii Gagnep.; Gomphandra obscurinervis Merr.; Gomphandra pauciflora Craib; Gomphandra petelotii Merr.; Gomphandra polymorpha Wight; Gomphandra polymorpha var. acuminata Wight ……; Lasianthera tetrandra Wall.; Olax longifolia Wall. [Invalid]; Platea axillaris Thwaites [Illegitimate]; Platea wightiana Miers; Stemonurus axillaris Miers [Illegitimate]; Stemonurus cambodianus (Pierre ex Gagnep.) R.A.Howard; Stemonurus ceylanicus Miers; Stemonurus chingianus Hand.-Mazz.; Stemonurus hainanensis (Merr.) HuStemonurus heyneanus Miers; Stemonurus longifolius Miers; Stemonurus obscurinervis (Merr.) R.A.Howard; Stemonurus petelotii (Merr.) R.A.Howard; Stemonurus polymorphus (Wight) Miers; Stemonurus polymorphus var. acuminatus (Wight) Miers ……; Stemonurus tetrandrus (Wall.) Alston);
SW. India, Sri Lanka, Assam to S. China and Indo-China as per POWO;
China (Guangdong, Guangxi, Guizhou, Hainan, Yunnan), Cambodia, India (Assam, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu), Laos, Myanmar [Burma], Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar [Burma] (Chin) as per Catalogue of Life;

Habit- Trees up to 5 m tall.

Branches and Branchlets- Young branchlets terete, puberulous.
Leaves- Leaves simple, alternate, distichous; petiole 0.7-1.2 cm long, glabrous, canaliculate; lamina 8-15.5 x 1.5-6 cm, variable in shape oblong to elliptic-oblong, bluntly narrow acuminate to caudate-acuminate, base acute to slightly rounded, margin entire, membranous to chartaceous, glabrous; midrib canaliculate above; secondary nerves 5-6 pairs, looped; tertiary nerves obscure.
Inflorescence / Flower- Flowers white, in axillary short cymes.
Fruit and Seed- Drupe, cylindric-oblong; seeds 1.
Understorey trees in low elevation wet evergreen forests up to 600 m.
Indomalaysia and Indochina; in the Western Ghats- South and Central Sahyadris.
(Attributions- B. R. Ramesh, N. Ayyappan, Pierre Grard, Juliana Prosperi, S. Aravajy, Jean Pierre Pascal, The Biotik Team, French Institute of Pondicherry.


ANSEPT30/30 Gomphandra tetrandra (Wall.) Sleumer : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (5)

Family: Icacinaceae
Date: 13th September 2015
Place: Thattekadu Bird Sanctuary, Ernakulam District, Kerala
Habit: Short tree (2 metres tall)
Habitat: Semi-evergreen forest



ID KANNUR 20 : 6 posts by 2 authors. 1 correct image as above.

Please identify this shrub from Kannur district of Kerala. Only fruits are available.

First one Thottea siliquosa  and the second one Gomphandra tetrandra 

It is Gomphandra coriacea (Icacinaceae)

I also feel this one is closer to images of Gomphandra coriacea rather than those of Gomphandra tetrandra

What was the elevation ?
Going by keys in Flora of Peninsular India, it may be Gomphandra tetrandra (Wall.) Sleumer.

Both images same sp.??

Only 2nd is correct.


Pl help identify species : 4 posts by 4 authors. 1 correct image as above.

kindly help identifying plants photos of which are attached. They are from tropical forests in high rainfall region in Western ghats. Are they used for medicinal purpose?

Pyrenacantha volubilis Wight of Icacinaceae, the ginger like plant may be Hedychium coronarium Koen

The first image should be some Zingiber sp.

The second image is not Pyrenacantha volubilis, it is Gomphandra tetrandra of the same family (Icacinaceae). Pyrenacantha is a twiner and Gomphandra is a small tree


1 image.

Please identify this large tree from Kannur district of Kerala 22/12/20

Gomphandra tetrandra

139 ID wild plant: 13 images.

Please ID wild plant,
Location: near Reserve Forest, Chathamattom, Ernakulam District, (Kochi) Kerala PIN:686671
Altitude: 1400fsl
Flower date: 22.07.2021, 03.22pm
Habitat: wild moisture
Plant habit: under shrub, erect, branches, hard stem upto 09mm diameter, perennial
Height: 06 feet
Leaves: alternate, wavy margins, oblong, apex, size:8×3.5cm or less
Flower: racemose, lengthy, size:06×02mm, white, non fragrant
Fruit: ovate, green into white, size:16×9mm, edible, sweet fleshy
Seed: pale white, single, rigid ovate, size:9×3.5mm
Camera: mobile Samsung Galaxy A21s

I guess you should use a good quality DSLR. Though close-ups, images are not clear !

May be Gomphandra sp.

Great dear …, yes it is Gomphandra tetrandra, thank you very much for ID my plant,

G. coriacea also close to my plant, please check the screen shot,

No this plant is Gomphandra tetrandra. It is one of most variable species in SE Asia

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