Buxus microphylla Siebold & Zucc., Abh. Math.-Phys. Cl. Königl. Bayer. Akad. Wiss. 4(2): 142 1845. (syn: Buxus obcordata Moore; Buxus obcordata-variegata Fortune; Buxus ovalifolia Siebold ex K.Koch; Buxus rotundifolia hort. ex K.Koch; Buxus sempervirens Thunb.; Buxus virens Thunb.);    

known only in cultivation, India (I), Mexico (I) as per Catalogue of Life;

India: On dry rocks at 3500-4000 m altitudes. Uttarakhand; Japan and Taiwan as per BSI Flora of India;



Requesting to please ID this cultivated plant from my pot garden in Mumbai in April 2013. The nursery from where I bought it gave its name as Boxwood.

is it not callestemone…?

I remember to have seen similar plants in USA in many places and they are used for topiary. I think your plant belongs to the genus Buxus (Buxus species). Buxus sempervirens  is very common therePlease check whether the characters tally with Buxus sps.

To me appear close to as per images of Buxus microphylla (as suggested by … for other posts) at



Plant for ID : Flower Show,Mumbai : 110812 : AK-3: Had seen this plant at the Flower Show held at Jijamata Udyan in Mumbai on 23/2/12.
Picture has not come out well so was rather reluctant to post it.
Was given the name, but I don’t seem to recollect it.
Any clues to the id?

If it is a herb then, it could be Sarcococca and if it is shrub then it could be some Buxus species.

This plant, posted earlier could also be Buxus Species as suggested by …

I think, it should be Buxus microphylla.


Ornamental Plant For ID : BBC Show : MNP,Mumbai : 210314 : AK-27 : 10 posts by 5 authors. Attachments (3).
Seen at the Bonsai Show in MNP, Mumbai on 7/3/14.
Name given was Boxwood.
Very tiny leaves

I too have posted this plant but have not been able to get its ID.
It is a very common bonsai plant and is available in many nurseries.

On searching, it seems to be a Buxus species.

Could it be Buxus sempervirens?

No, I don’t think it is Buxus sempevirens

I will upload what I think is Buxus sempevirens tomorrow….

Buxus– some species in India & eFI with some keys

Please try Buxus papillosa which is commonly called Box-wood tree.

Thanks for a possible id.
Can you check for Buxus sinica?
Searching for the id given by you, I found this quite close to my plant.

I go for Buxus ?harlandii

Can this be Buxus microphylla?
For id confirmation please.

Buxus microphylla var. japonica 



Buxus microphylla AT/JAN2019/03 : 5 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (3)
Attaching detailed photographs of Buxus microphylla (Cultivated)
October 2018


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