Stauntonia latifolia (Wall.) Christenh. (syn: Holboellia latifolia Wall.; Holboellia latifolia subsp. chartacea C. Y. Wu & S.H. Huang ex H.N. Qin; Holboellia ovatifoliolata Y.C. Wu & T.Chen; Stauntonia latifolia (Wall.) R. Br. ex Wall. (ambiguous synonym)) as per Catalogue of Life;
India: Subtropical and temperate Himalayas, in broad-leaved forests 1200 – 2500 m. Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh Manipur, Assam and Meghalaya
as per BSI Flora of India;
India (Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Assam, Meghalaya), Pakistan (Hazara, Murree), Jammu & Kashmir (Poonch, Kashmir, Jammu), Nepal, Bangladesh, China (Guizhou, Sichuan, Yunnan), Tibet, Bhutan, Sikkim, Myanmar [Burma] (Chin, Kachin, Sagaing) as per Catalogue of Life;
Common name: Sausage Vine, Holboellia • Hindi: गोमफल Gomphal, Gukhnial • Khasi: Mirang ksa, Soh lyngkait • Nepali: Bagul, Guphala

Herb for id from Sikkim- 2014:: NS DEC 2017 : 6 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (7)
This straggling plant was recorded from Pelling, Sikkim in June 2014.. I hope (but not sure) that the leaves included belong to this only.. they appear interesting..
I request its identification…

Could it be Holboellia latifolia ?

Agree with the ID suggested as Holboellia latifolia Wallich. Two species are known in India (H. latifolia and H. khasiana). H. khasiana is endemic to Meghalaya and bear flowers in axillary racemes. H. latifolia has two varieties- var.- angustifolia with narrow-lanceolate leaflets and var.- latifolia with leaflets oblong-ovate. Based on this the plant here seems belonging to var. angustifolia.
Species in efloraindia by BSI.

Thank you very much … I take this as Holboellia latifolia var. angustifolia.. These taxa, including family are new to me..!!

images by Mithilesh Kumar Pathak

Lauraceae for ID (Lauraceae 16) : 4 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (1)
Arunachal Pradesh.  Late MKP
Beilschmeidia ?

Probably there was a climber on the tree. Appear as fruits of Holboelia latifolia [Lardizabalaceae]

Thank you …

Holboellia latifolia Wall : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (9) – around 800 kb each.
Location:  Nagarkot, Nepal  
Date: 2 April 2018
Altitude: 6800 ft.
Habit: Wild
Nepali Names : गुफला Guphalaa / मलकाती Malakaatee / बगुल Bagul /  सेतो गुफला Seto Guphalaa
CoL says Stauntonia latifolia (Wall.) Christenh. as accepted name !

Holboellia latifolia ABAPR2018/01 : 3 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (13)
I had seen this climber in May 2017 and have been keeping an eye out for flowers. I finally found it flowering a few days ago and photographed the aromatic male flowers. Upon reading a little on the species I found out about the female flowers and that the petals on both flowers are extremely small, almost invisible to the naked eye. I went back to look closer and found female flowers at a different location. I will look out for the fruits and share them here too.
Here are the results.
Some observations:
Male (white-green) and female (purple) flowers on the same plant, female rounder and larger than the males. Male has 6 stamens ca. 9mm long each, pseudo-pistils x3 ca. 1mm, 6 petals less than a millimetre each. Female has 3 pistils with yellow stigma, pistil about 1cm long, petals even tinier than those of the male. Leaves palmate in 3s or 4s, alternate.
Holboellia latifolia
Near Gallu Temple, Dharamshala, HP
2000m approx.
April 02-07, 2018.


SK1176 05 JUNE 2018 : 5 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (4) – around 800 kb each.
Location : Sukhiapokahari, Darjeeling, India
Date : 12 May 2018
Elevation :  6900 ft.
Habit : Wild

Looks closer to efi site link

I guess matching as per description in the Efloras.

Holboellia latifolia Wall : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (7)- around 500 kb each.
Location:  Sakiyong KhasmahalPedong Reshi Rd, India
Date: 16 May 2018
Altitude: 5800 ft.
Habit : Wild

Holboellia latifolia Wall : 10 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (2)- 2 & 4 mb.
Location: Matatirtha, Kathmandu
Date: 19 October  2019
Elevation: 1701  m.
Habit : Wild

Attachments (1)- 3 mb. 

Attachments (1)- 7 mb.

Attachments (1)- 4 mb.

nice but all these seeds from that green fruit. was it ripe? would these seeds germinate?

I guess they are mature seeds! I shall hand over to Seed Bank at Godawari Botanical Garden. They are preserving and growing.

if you grow one. send the sprout picture?

Sure …


SK 2861 12 January 2021: 4 high resolution ages.

Location: Bhaktapur
Date: November 2020
Altitude: 2100m.
Habitat : Wild
Holboellia latifolia Wallich ??

Any flowers …?

No flowers yet.

I do not think it matches with images at Stauntonia latifolia
Any chance for Dioscorea species like Dioscorea kamoonensis ?

I feel it does not match … !

On rechecking, I think you may be right for Stauntonia latifolia


Stauntonia latifolia (Wall.) Christenh.: 6 images.

Location: Taplejung, East Nepal 
Date: April 2023
Elevation: 1650 m.
Habit : Wild
Images sent by Sajan Subedi, a friend.

Location: Barsha Tal, Dhorpatan, Baglung, Nepal 
Date: 31May 2023
Elevation: 2900 m.

Habit : Wild
6 very res. images.


Stauntonia latifolia (Wall.) R.Br. ex Wall.: 6 very high res. images.

Location: Taplejung, East Nepal
Habit : Wild
Images sent by Mr. Sajan Subedi !


Stauntonia latifolia (Wall.) Christenh.: 3 very high res. images.

Location: Phulchoki, Nepal
Date: 06 April 2024
Elevation: 1889m.
Habitat: Wild





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