Smilax wightii A.DC., Monogr. Phan. 1: 174 1878.;
Central & E. Himalaya, S. India (Nilgiri Hills): East Himalaya, India, Nepal as per POWO;

A. DC. Monogr. Smilax, 174 ; branches robust, leaves 3-4.1/2 in. coriaceous orbicular or broadly ovate or elliptic subcordate 5-7-costate from above the base, petiole very stout sheathing for about half its length, umbels solitary or 2-3 on a common peduncle many-fld., sepals of male 1/5 in. long and petals subequal linear hardly longer than the stamens. S. zeylanica, Wight, Ic. t. 2057-8.

NILGHIRI HILLS, alt. 4-6000 ft., Wight, &c.

A lofty climber ; branches terete, sparsely prickly. Leaves shining, acute or cuspidate, or young acuminate, base rounded or cordate, margins of petiolar sheath incurved. Common peduncle 1-1.1/2 in., stout, bracteate at the base ; bracteoles subulate; pedicels 1/3-2/3 in. ; male fl. largest, filaments very slender ; fem. with narrower petals ; staminodes 3 ; ovary broadly ovoid ; stigmas sessile. Berries 1/2 in. diam.—Wight’s figure is inaccurate in representing the costae of the leaf as free to the base, and peduncles and pedicles as far too slender.—De Candolle gives Khasia hills, Kurz, as a habitat, but I have seen no specimens, and suspect some error.
(Attributions- IBIS Flora (Flora of British India))

MS,Sept,2021/12 Smilax sp. for id.: 3 images.
Location : Tan tlang
Date : 18-03-2019
Habit : Climber
Habitat : Wild

Smilax perfoliata Lour.  Syn : Smilax prolifera Roxb. !

Any keys?
Maybe Smilax ovalifolia Roxb. ex D.Don
I do not see the typical stipule of Smilax perfoliata Lour. and inflorescence is different.

Smilax wightii A. DC. !

Who gave the id ?
Yes, appears close as per POWO– specimens one and two.

It was from Smilax expert Mr. Sajan Subedi !


MS,Oct.,2021/22 Smilax sp. for id: 4 images.
Location : Lurh tlang
Date : 19-03-2019
Habit : Climber
Habitat : Wild

Smilax ovalifolia Roxb. ex D. Don

I think Smilax wightii as in MS,Sept,2021/12 Smilax sp. for id.

1 screenshot

What does this screenshot mean? Id by by whom? Confirmation by whom?

Mr. Sajan Subedi !

Pl. request him to check with S.wightii also.

These images are similar to images in another post at MS,Sept,2021/12 Smilax sp. for id., which were identified by Subedi ji as Smilax wightii

Yes … He has confirmed as wightii !


Smilax wightii A.DC.: 4 very high res. images.

Location: Palpa Deurali, Palpa, Nepal 
Date: 30 May 2023
Elevation: 838 m.
Habit : Wild

Has it been validated ?

Yes, Mr. Sajan Subedi !


Smilax: 5 high res. images.

Date- 06 July 2023.
Location- Pal, Vengurla, Sindhudurg, MH.
(Lat. 15.84, Long. 73.67).
Plz help me to identify this Smilax.
I would like to know the difference between S. zeylanica & S. ovalifolia and ID key for them.

Smilax wightii A.DC. 

I think more likely to be

Smilax ovalifolia
Smilax wightii

Please have a look at the images from Mr. Sajan Subedi !

Has it been confirmed as Smilax wightii A.DC. by Mr. Sajan Subedi ! ?

Yes !





POWO  Catalogue of Life  The Plant List Ver.1.1  WCSP  IPNI  GBIF (High resolution specimens) Annotated checklist of Flowering plants of Nepal  Flora of peninsular India India Biodiversity Portal  IBIS Flora (Flora of British India) Kerala plants  Status of the Red-Listed Plant Species, Smilax wightii A. DC. in Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, the Western Ghats, India– January 2009 Journal of Ecology and Environment 32(4)

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