Memecylon randeriana SM & MR Almeida - MELASTOMATACEAE

Synonym : Memecylon malabaricum (Cl.) Cogn.; Memecylon amplexicaule Roxb. var. malabarica Cl.

Vernacular names : Tamil: Kanyava, Malamthetti, Perungaca, Vacci  Malayalam: Kannavu, Kanyavu, Kashavu, Kashava, Kayavu  Kannada: Doddanekkare, Lokundi, Mundi

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Botanical descriptions Ecology Distribution Literatures

Botanical descriptions :

Habit : Trees up to 5 m tall.
Branches and Branchlets : Branchlets terete, glabrous.
Leaves : Leaves simple, opposite, decussate, sessile or subsessile; lamina 5-13 x 2.5-5.5 cm, ovate to ovate-lanceolate, apex acute or obtuse, base rounded to subcordate, margin entire, thickly coriaceous; midrib canaliculate above; secondary_nerves and tertiary_nerves obscure or former slightly visible when dry.
Inflorescence / Flower : Flowers blue, fascicled, singly or in very short pedunculate cymes, generally on lateral tubercles.
Fruit and Seed : Berry, globose, seed 1.

Ecology :

Common understorey trees in evergreen forests up to 2400 m.

Distribution :

Endemic to the Western_Ghats- South and Central Sahyadris.

Literatures :

J. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc., 85: 521; DC Manogr. Phan. 7: 1148. 1891; Gamble, Fl. Madras 1: 505. 1997 (re. ed); Sasidharan, Biodiversity documentation for Kerala- Flowering Plants, part 6: 182. 2004; Saldanha, Fl. Karnataka 2: 39. 1996.

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