Memecylon talbotianum Brandis - MELASTOMATACEAE

Vernacular names : Tamil: Kancan  Kannada: Chappalu

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Botanical descriptions Ecology Distribution Literatures

Botanical descriptions :

Habit : Trees ca. 8 m tall.
Trunk & Bark : Bark grey, finely minutely fissured.
Branches and Branchlets : Branchlets subterete, glabrous.
Leaves : Leaves simple, opposite, decussate; petiole 0.5-1 cm long, planoconvex in cross section, glabrous; lamina 5-10 x 1.8-5 cm, elliptic, elliptic-lanceolate, apex narrowly acuminate, base acute to attenuate, margin entire, thinly coriaceous, drying olive green or yellowish and rugose; midrib slightly canaliculate above; secondary_nerves obscure; tertiary_nerves obscure.
Inflorescence / Flower : Flowers blue, in axillary or lateral fascicles on short peduncle.
Fruit and Seed : Berry to 0.8 cm across, turning yellow when ripe; seed 1.

Ecology :

Common understorey trees in wet evergreen forests, generally up to 1000 m.

Distribution :

Endemic to the Western_Ghats- mostly in Central Sahyadri and south Maharashtra Sahyadri.

Literatures :

Talbot, Bombay List. ed. 2. Append. 1902 & Indian Trees 336. 1906; Gamble, Fl. Madras 1: 503. 1997 (re. ed); Sasidharan, Biodiversity documentation for Kerala- Flowering Plants, part 6: 182. 2004; Saldanha, Fl. Karnataka 2: 40. 1996.

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