Gymnosporia acuminata Hook. fil. ex M. Laws., Fl. Brit. India 1: 619 (1875) (syn: Gymnosporia rugulosa M.A.Lawson; Maytenus hookeri Loes.; Maytenus hookeri var. longiradiata S.J.Pei & Y.H.Li; Maytenus oxyphylla Grierson & D.G.Long; Maesa acuminata Wall.);
E. Himalaya to China (Yunnan) and Myanmar: Assam, Bangladesh, China South-Central, East Himalaya, Myanmar as per POWO;
India (West Bengal, Arunachal Pradesh, Darjeeling, Assam, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Orissa, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu), Sikkim, Myanmar [Burma] (widespread), Bhutan, China (Yunnan) as per Catalogue of Life;


MS June, 2017/05 Xylosma longifolium ? for ID/confirmation : 15 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (4)

Locagtion : Durtlang (ATC), Mizoram
Altitude : ca 1,430 m.
Date : 07-06-2017
Habit : Small tree
Habitat : Wild

I think does not matches with images at Xylosma longifolia

I don’t think its Xylosma longifolium
I have never seen a thorn and the flowers different

Some Ehretia or similar genera ?

Could be. However, a close up of flowers would be helpful to narrow down the ID.

Looks like some species of Celastraceae

It looks like Maytenus heyneana.

in the absence of fruit, and clear floral characters, -based on the following characters -It looks like Maytenus heyneana  armed shrub ; spines straight; leaves 3-8×2-5cm, apex acute, margin serrate; flowers white in axillary dichotomous cymes,

It may be a Gymnosporia, but I think we need bigger images. It is certainly not Gymnosporia heyneana (Maytenus hayneana) as that species has a more compact and thicker leaf and inflorescence. The distribution is also southern India.

Gymnosporia oxyphylla (Grierson & Long) ??  GBIF   POWO

What are the species of Gymnosporia/ celastrus listed in your area?

Maytenus hookeri (=Gymnosporia acuminata), and Celastrus hindsii, C.paniculatus & C.stylosus are recorded in Mizoram

Yes, Gymnosporia oxyphylla (as suggested by …) as per GBIF– specimen



MS May, 2018/18 Tree for ID : 13 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (1)

Location : Durtlang, Mizoram

Date : 31-05-2018
Habit : Tree
Habitat : Wild
Note : Flowers very small

Any further close up? Leaves 3-nerved at base?

Please send high resolution image. Was it a small tree?

This is clearly Celastraceae. I will check and inform.—l/b/boraginaceae/ehretia?

I think … is right.

I erred due to superficial observations.

Could not find a match with any species at Ehretia
I think … was right.
Closest I can go is Gymnosporia rufa (Wall. ex Roxb.) M.A.Lawson as per comparative images at Gymnosporia, but image is totally insufficient for id.
Another option is Gymnosporia senegalensis (Lam.) Loes., but I do not think it has distribution in Mizoram/ North East India.


Another same tree

Why did not you post such images earlier as it wastes lot of every body’s time in trying to get the id from unclear single photo?

Gymnosporia acuminata (L. fil.) Szyszyl. ??

I think Gymnosporia acuminata Hook. fil. ex M. Laws. as per images and discussions herein.




References: POWO  Catalogue of Life  The Plant List Ver.1.1  Tropicos  IPNI  GBIF (High resolution specimens) specimen  Flora of China  Flora of peninsular India  IBIS Flora  Central African Plant  African Plant database

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