Psychotria truncata Wall., Fl. Ind. 2: 162 1824. (Syn: Grumilea vaginans (Hook.f.) Dalzell; Psychotria heyneana Wall. [Invalid]; Psychotria vaginans Hook.f. [Illegitimate]; Uragoga truncata (Wall.) Kuntze);
commonly known as: truncate-calyx psychotria • Kannada: ಈಸ್ವರ eswara, ವಟಮಾಡಿಕೆ vatamaadike • Marathi: छाया जिवंती chhaya jivanti
Names compiled / updated at
sy-KO-tree-uh — life, referring to medicinal qualities of some speciesDave’s Botanary
trunk-AH-tuh — cut offDave’s Botanary
S. India as per WCSP;

Habit- Large shrubs or small trees ca. 5 m tall.

Branchlets- Young branchlets subterete to compressed, glabrous.
Leaves- Leaves simple, opposite, decussate; stipules intrapetiolar, ovate-lanceolate, sheathing; petiole 0.8-3 cm, planoconvex in cross section, glabrous; lamina 10-25 x 4.5-10 cm, obovate to wide obovate, sometimes elliptic, apex abruptly and shortly acuminate, base cuneate-decurrent, margin revolute, chartaceous or thinly coriaceous, glabrous beneath; midrib and secondary nerves raised above; secondary nerves 13-18 pairs, parallel, gradually curved, domatia present at the axils; tertiary nerves closely and obliquely percurrent.
Flowers- Inflorescence terminal with branches terminating in cymes; flowers white, sessile.
Fruit& seed- Drupe, ovoid, with two planoconvex pyrenes; seeds 1 per pyrene.
Undergrowth in wet evergreen forests generally between 600 and 2000 m.
Endemic to the Western Ghats- Rare in South Sahyadri and frequent in Central Sahyadri.
(Attributions- B. R. Ramesh, N. Ayyappan, Pierre Grard, Juliana Prosperi, S. Aravajy, Jean Pierre Pascal, The Biotik Team, French Institute of Pondicherry.


ANDEC77 Psychotria(?) sp. for identification : 5 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (8)

Can this be P. dalzellii?
Agumbe, Karnataka
26th December 2014

Psychotria truncata

ANDEC09/09 Psychotria(?) sp. for identification : 9 posts by 5 authors. Attachments (8)

Family: Rubiaceae
Date: 26th December 2014
Place: Agumbe, Karnataka

Habit: Shrub/small tree
Flowers not fragrant.

Psychotria species in eFloraofindia (with details/ keys from published papers/ regional floras/ FRLHT/ FOI/ Biotik/ efloras/ books etc., where ever available)

check with Psychotria truncata.

Psychotria octosulcata Talbot

It looks like P. dalzelli !!

Many thanks … for resurfacing this post.
Thanks very much … for suggesting the ID.
… has put the ID as Psychotria truncata in another post of Anurag: ANDEC77 Psychotria(?) sp. for identification.

Agumbe :: Psychotria truncata :: DVJAN50 : 5 posts by 3 authors. 6 images.
Agumbe Dakshina Kannada, Karnataka

Date: 26 DEC 2014 … Altitude: about 700 m asl
Psychotria truncata Wall. (family: Rubiaceae)
Many thanks to … for the ID in … post  ANDEC77

The plant uploaded seems to be Psychotria microphylla

Thank you very much … for the possible ID. Will wait for validating comment(s).

via Species‎ > ‎P‎ >  Psychotria truncata Wall. … family: Rubiaceae
Flowers of India Discussions at efloraofindia more views in flickr more views on Google Earth
sy-KO-tree-uh — life, referring to medicinal qualities of some speciesDave’s Botanary
trunk-AH-tuh — cut offDave’s Botanary
commonly known as: truncate-calyxed psychotria
botanical names: Psychotria truncata Wall. … synonyms: Grumilea vaginans (Hook.f.) Dalzell • Psychotria heyneana Wall. [Invalid] • Psychotria vaginans Hook.f. [Illegitimate] • Uragoga truncata (Wall.) Kuntze … The Plants List (2013). Version 1.1.

sy-KO-tree-uh — life, referring to medicinal qualities of some species … Dave’s Botanary
trunk-AH-tuh — cut off … Dave’s Botanary

commonly known as: truncate-calyx psychotria • Kannada: ಈಸ್ವರ eswara, ವಟಮಾಡಿಕೆ vatamaadike • Marathi: छाया जिवंती chhaya jivanti

botanical namesPsychotria truncata Wall. … homotypic synonymsUragoga truncata (Wall.) Kuntze … heterotypic synonymsGrumilea vaginans (Hook.f.) Dalzell • Psychotria heyneana Wall. • Psychotria vaginans Hook.f. … POWO, retrieved 23 May 2024

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~~~~~ ENGLISH ~~~~~
written and spoken widely, in most parts of India
truncate-calyx psychotria
~~~~~ KANNADA ~~~~~
written in: Kannada (ಕನ್ನಡ) … spoken in: Karnataka
ಈಸ್ವರ eswara
ವಟಮಾಡಿಕೆ vatamaadike
~~~~~ MARATHI ~~~~~
written in: Devanagari (मराठी) … spoken in: Maharashtra, Karnataka
छाया जिवंती chhaya jivanti
  • name coined, for want of name; many thanks to Aniket Anant Motale for help with this name … facebook
*Goa, Karnataka, *Kerala, Maharashtra, *Tamil Nadu

* no given name / no name found, in the regional language(s) of the state

~~~~~ Last updated: 10:18 25-05-2024 ~~~~~

Rubiaceae week::Psychotria flavida at Chandoli WLS:Bot. name: Psychotria flavida
Family: Rubiaceae
Date/Time: Jan, 2010 / 1300Hrs
Chandoli WLS, Maharashtra
Habitat: Wild
Plant habit: Shrub, around 2 to 3 m in height.

I afraid whether this is P. flavida.
2-3m for P. flavida is unusual P. flavida is generally tend to spread within 1-2m and spreads down. Further roots would develop from the nodes of the drooping branches and later that rooting branch start act as a different individual. A weak shrub, in general appearance.
The alternate or whorled inflorescence branching is against the key character of P. flavida as per Gamble (Vol-II, page 638).
The key says;
Branches of inflorescence opposite Inflorescence spreading Corymbiform…. in the key these characters are not there in this plant.
Further, the inflorescence branches turn to bright yellow when in fruit and the fruits looks different for me. You can still see the corymbiform inflorescence of P. flavida in fruit stage as well.
I am working on the pictures I will get back as soon as I get any lead.
Thank you very much for providing supportive information that enabled to go for a critical evaluation.

Please check Psychotria macrocarpa Hook.f.
A further clarification, are you sure that all the pictures belongs to same species/individual? Because first two pictures looks different from the rest of the pictures and those two pictures seems to be P. flavida.

Psychotria is a very difficult genus to be identified. The main key starts with the pyrenes. That key chracter is missing here. Better to drop its identity until somebody comes up its seed characters.

To me appears close to images at Psychotria truncata Wall.