Smilax zeylanica – Ceylon Smilax

Other notes

Notes: This plant has been recorded as a new larval host for Loxura atymnus – Yamfly by K. Saji from Kozhikode, Kerala in 2009 and for Anthene emolus – Common Ciliate Blue by Sarpita Bose from South 24 Parganus, West Bengal in 2021.


Identification Keys: According to eFlora of India (2023),

  1. S. ovalifolia: leaves round, 5-7 nerved.
  2. S. zeylanica: leaves elliptic, 3-5 nerved.



Nitin, R., V. C. Balakrishnan, P. V. Churi, S. Kalesh, S. Prakash, and K. Kunte. 2018. Larval host plants of the butterflies of the Western Ghats, India. Journal of Threatened Taxa, 10:11495–11550. DOI:

WFO (2023): World Flora Online. Accessed on 20 Jan 2023. URL:

eFlora of India (2023). Accessed on 20 Jan 2023. URL:

Page citation

Saji, K., S. Bose and N. Kawthankar. 2024. Smilax zeylanica L. – Ceylon Smilax. In Kunte, K., S. Sondhi, and P. Roy (Chief Editors). Butterflies of India, v. 4.12. Published by the Indian Foundation for Butterflies. URL:, accessed 2024/04/18.