Monday, August 10, 2015

Memecylon heyneanum Benth.

Memecylon heyneanum Benth. is an unresolved name

Description: Small trees ca. 5 m tall. Branchlets tereteglabrous, Leaves simpleoppositedecussatepetiole 0.7-1 cm long, stout, planoconvex in cross section, glabrouslamina 13-16 x 4-5 cm, lanceolate, tapering into acuminate apex with blunt tip, baseacute, margin entirecoriaceousglabrousmidrib slightly raised above; secondary_nerves ca. 20 pairs, distantly parallel and joining with intramarginal_nerve. (looks like a myrtaceae member)tertiary_nerves obscure. Flowers nearly sessile, in axillary and lateral fascicles, purple; disk rays prominent. Berry, seed 1.

Distribution : Endemic to the Western_Ghats- occasional in South Sahyadri and southern part of Central Sahyadris (up to Coorg Region). Grown on the rare undergrowth mostly in low elevation evergreen forests up to 900 m.

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