Grewia heterotricha Mast., Fl. Brit. India 1: 385 1874. (syn: Grewia lawsoniana J. R. Drummond; Grewia ritchiei Mast.);
India (Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala) as per CoL;
India, Nicobar Islands as per POWO;

Scandent shrubs. Leaves alternate, elliptic-ovate, ovate-lanceolate to oblong, subcordate, obtuse or rounded at base, crenate-serrate at margin, acute or acuminate at apex, 5-13 x 2.5-7.5 cm, scabrid on both surfaces, sometimes harshly tomentose beneath, 3-nerved; petioles to 1.3 cm long. Flowers in axillary or leaf-opposed umbelled cymes; buds oblong, acute, 1.5-1.8 cm long, brown-tomentose; peduncles 2.5-11 cm long; pedicels 1-2.5 cm long. Sepals linear-oblong, 1.5-1.8 cm long, densely pubescent outside. Petals oblong-lanceolate, acute, 7-9 mm long, white; glands ca 3 mm long. Receptacle ca 9 mm long, villous. Androgynophore to 1.2 cm long.Ovary subglobose, ca 1.5 mm across, pilose; stigma obscurely 4 or 5 lobed. Drupes 4-lobed, 1-2 cm across, glabrescent, black-purple and fleshy.
Flowering and fruiting: March-December
Evergreen forests
(Attributions- Dr. N Sasidharan (Dr. B P Pal Fellow), Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi as per India Biodiversity Portal)


ANFEB31 Please identify this shrub : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (7)

Can it any Grewia sp.?
Date: 26th December 2014
Place: Agumbe, Karnataka
Habit: Shrub

Image DSC 0617 is not Grewia
But apart all are Grewia species.  

Appears close to images at  Grewia umbellifera Bedd., but can not be confirmed with these images.

Willing to know actual habit? A shrub or scandent shrub?

It appears to be G. heterotricha. Flower images would have helped much more, but the location information agrees with my own observations from the locality.

Agumbe Ghat :: Grewia umbellifera :: DVJAN06 : 6 posts by 4 authors. 4 images.
Agumbe Ghat (part of Someshwara Wildlife Sanctuary) … Dakshina Kannada, Karnataka
Date: 28 DEC 2014 Altitude: about 600 m asl at crest, about 250 m asl at foothill
Grewia umbellifera Bedd. (family: Malvaceae, also placed in Tiliaceae)

Very impressive
umbel in an umbel it seems
how in the world did you get the flowers I cant see where could the be in the tree picture
love it, you do what seems very difficult to me right now

Thank you very much, …
There were just few flowers on the tree; it is difficult to find them in photo – because the view is large and wide – from almost 5 – 6 m away.
However, from a metre’s distance – as in second-last photo – it is difficult to miss the flower.

Nice captions, …, Its a scrambling shrub!! I always found scrambled on other tree species.

Thank you very much … for the appreciation; and very very much for the enlightenment 🙂 This is my second sighting but did not realize that the plant is a scrambler !!

The ID of this Grewia species is corrected to Grewia heterotricha Mast. … iNaturalist.

Images by tspkumar


82-TSP-ID-23JUN2016-3: Grewia sp @ Bisle for ID : 7 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (6)

Kindly identify this Grewia sp. 

Habit: Tree 

Habitat: Wild, Evergreen forest. 

Sighting: Sakaleshpur, Karnataka, about 1000 msl 

Date: 22-01-2016

Marvellous pictures & complete set, …

Most probably Grewia umbellifera. Let us wait for validating comment(s).

Yes, I agree with …!!  Excellent Pics …, Thank you for sharing.

I think the ID of the posted plant is Grewia heterotricha Mast.

During my recent exploration to Agumbe, I learnt there is slight difference in the position of umbels among the two species … … needs to validate my thoughts …in case of umbellifera – the umbels arise from leaf axils … whereas in case of heterotricha, the umbels arise leaf-opposed.




POWO (Microcos heterotricha (Mast.) Burret) Catalogue of Life  The Plant List Ver.1.1  IPNI  GBIF (High resolution specimens) Flora of peninsular India India Biodiversity Portal  IBIS Flora (The Flora of the Bombay Presidency) Kerala plants