Leea setuligera C. B. Clarke, J. Bot. 19(220): 105–106 1881. (syn: Leea mastersii C.B.Clarke; Leea tenuifolia Craib);
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W. India, Assam to China (Yunnan) and Thailand as per POWO;
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China (Yunnan), India (Assam, Maharashtra, Karnataka), Thailand, ?Myanmar [Burma] as per CoL;
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SK546 06 JUN-2017:ID : 13 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (7)

Location: Teesta, Kalimpong, India
Date: 24 May  2017
Altitude: 4000 ft.

Leea? Or Vitaceae?


Leea rubra Blume ex Spreng.   ??? or Leea robusta  


It is Leea rubra Blume ex Spreng. for me.  

This should be Leea alata Edgew.


I could not decide. Waiting for final validation.


I think the image is of Leea rubra.


Again confusion!


You can decide on final I’d.


I found the keys between these two species at Forest Plants of Eastern India By Amal Bhusan Chaudhuri (1993).

As petioles are not winged, it can not be Leea alata. I also feel it is close to images at Leea guineense (syn. Leea coccinea Planch.)
As per 08-05-2021 : S-KOLEY : Leea diversity in India from Surajit ji:
“… upload from Kalimpong – efi thread is either L. rubra Bl. Ex Spreng or L. guineensis G. Don.

Unfortunately, the paper I am following doesn’t provide description of both species. And I have no clear idea how to differentiate them without ‘KEY-III” and stipule picture. Yet, I agree with the established id, as L. guineensis G. Don, because –
  1. inside of petal is creamy-yellow
  2. long acuminate tips of the leaflets and nerves
  3. apparently longer staminodial tube

Thank you.”


I guess you are right


As per Flora of India this should be Leea setuligera C. B. Clarke
Leea guineensis G. Don: staminodial tube 2-3mm long
L. rubra Spreng. ex Blume and L. setuligera C. B. Clarke: staminodial tube less than 2mm
L. setuligera C. B. Clarke: Flowers turn creamish yellow on maturity, leaf margins closely serrate and stiff bristles on the upper surface of the leaflets between each pair of the nerves (as in leaf photograph while zooming).


A few words about Leea setuligera Clarke, copied below, from the paper I am following –
” Leaves 2 or 3-pinnate, leaflets numerous ….. (continued)
…. staminodial tube 1.5-1.8 mm. …..”
“Distribution – India (Concan, Asam), Thailand …”
These days my eyes are getting really tired, maybe due to age, and of course for looking at the screen of the computer and cellulars for hours.


Distribution is not the problem area, Sir ji, distribution records depend upon reporting of the species from the area and it takes time to update the distribution list, I think.

Btw, POWO shows the “green area all over the India” but lists – Native to:

Assam, China South-Central, India, Thailand – POWO

But, again I say, distribution is not the concerned area. I would be no less happy if it turns out to be L. setuligera.
I am here not to identify a species.

I am here to learn what could be the id of a species,


Looking at the long leaflets which are toothed only in the upper part, it looks like Leea alata Edgew. to me. Leea rubra Royle is a synonym. I hope people are not mixing it up with Leea rubra Blume ex Spreng., which is a different plant.


It is not about Leea alata Edgew or L. rubra Bl. ex spreng. Please visit our (entire) root discussion at – efi thread


Thanks …, for pointing me to the discussion. I was unaware of it.


Should we tentatively take it as Leea setuligera ?


I don’t see any reason to change my suggestion


I agree with you as per details at MS Aug.,2018/12 Leea aequata for Id/confirmation

As per statement of Varun ji:
“As per Flora of India this should be Leea setuligera C. B. Clarke.
Leea guineensis G. Don: staminodial tube 2-3mm long
L. rubra Spreng. ex Blume and L. setuligera C. B. Clarke: staminodial tube less than 2mm
L. setuligera C. B. Clarke: Flowers turn creamish yellow on maturity, leaf margins closely serrate and stiff bristles on the upper surface of the leaflets between each pair of the nerves (as in leaf photograph while zooming).”

On examining the attached image, I clearly see setaceous (bristly) hairs between the nerves, which I do not find in … high resolution images in MS Aug.,2018/12 Leea aequata for Id/confirmation (identified as Leea guineensis G. Don)

So this should settle the id of this plant as Leea setuligera C. B. Clarke


Sir ji, please go ahead with the id L. setuligera.
If I am wrong the world, meaning persons accessing this site, would think I am a foolish person.
But, if I am right …..!!!


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MS July, 2018/07 Sambucus or Leea sp. for ID : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (3)

Location : Ailawng, Mizoram

Date : 10-07-2018
Habit : Shrub ?
Habitat : Wild

Pl. check


To me appears close to images at Leea guineense G.Don as per comparative images at Leea


Can you please upload original of the 1st pic (Leea sp. (1). jpg)? Can you please state the height of this plant? Is this the same species as in another upload by you – efi thread?


No need to upload the original plate, this is Leea guineensis G. Don.

Leea aequata has greenish-white flower and glands on abaxial leaf surface (please check for these glands when you come across any green-white Leea flower. – efi link


Can you please upload original picture of leaves?

Please also upload “stipule” picture, if you have any.
How tall is this one?
I assume it is not the same one as in your other upload
efi thread

No need to upload the original plate.

I do not see any setaceous hair on the adaxial leaf surface (check KEY), so it is again Leea guineensis G. Don.


food for thought-
This is Leea setuligera Clarke.
Thanks a lot … for introducing me to new wonders every now and then!)


This should be Leea setuligera C. B. Clarke,
margins closely serrate and in one image leaves appear hairy. Leaves in images are not so clear to identify setacous hairs on leaf surface.


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

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