Ehretia ovalifolia Wight;

Small trees, branchlets lenticellate, terete. Leaves to 7 x 3.5 cm, oblong or elliptic, apex obtuse, nerves 6-8 pairs, pubescent in the nerve axils; petiole 1-1.5 cm; Corymbs terminal and axillary, 8-10 cm; flowers white, slightly pubescent; pedicel 1-2 mm; calyx tube to 1 mm, lobes 1 mm, pubescent; corolla rotate, tube 3 mm, lobes 2 mm; filaments 4 mm; ovary 4 celled; styles 2, fused to 3 mm

Flowering and fruiting: August-November
Scrub jungle and dry deciduous forests
Peninsular India and Sri Lanka
(Attributions- Dr. N Sasidharan (Dr. B P Pal Fellow), Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi from India Biodiversity Portal)


Plant for id 030910MK1 : 13 posts by 9 authors. Attachments(7).

Kindly help to id this small tree. (Its more like a liane too).
Could this be Ehretia sp?


26-08-2010 / 01:00 PM

Location- Place, Altitude, GP

Moyar valley; ca. 300msl; TN

Habitat- Garden/ Urban/ Wild/ Type-

wild on scrub forest

Plant Habit-

small tree


3 -4 metre

Leaves Type/ Shape/ Size-

ca.4 X 10cm; glabrous

Inflorescence Type/ Size-


Flowers Size/ Colour/ Calyx/ Bracts-

ca. 0.8cm across; white

Fruits Type/ Shape/ Size Seeds-

not more than 1cm across; ripening black

Yes the flowers are look like Ehretia

Is it Ehretia tinifolia A. DC. ????

Definitely looks like Ehretia species with its typical inflorescence ?scorpioid cyme.
Can’t comment on species though.

I think … is right. It does look like Ehretia tinifolia. Please go through the link given below.

…, this link is not working.
Yet this species have not been reported from TN until now.

Ehretia sp.

May usuful some local available flora at species level id.

I think … is right, Copying the link below.

I think it may be Ehretia ovalifolia Wight as per the following:

For me it looks more like E. laevis.

It is probably E. ovalifolia Wight and matches with the illustration given by Wight in Icones Plantarum t. 1383. But there is a problem here. The name E. ovalifolia Wight (1848) is a later homonym of E. ovalifolia Hassk. (1843), a Malesian plant and hence illegitimate. Some recent authors consider Wight’s E. ovalfolia as a synonym of the widespread Ehretia laevis Roxb. Check with the descriptions given in Flora of British India Vol.4: 143 (E. ovalifolia) & 142 (E. laevis).
J.D. Hooker differentiates E. ovalifolia from E. laevis only by obtuse leaves.
Needs further studies.