Memecylon terminale Dalz. - MELASTOMATACEAE

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Botanical descriptions Ecology Distribution Literatures

Botanical descriptions :

Habit : Shrubs ca. 4 m tall.
Trunk & Bark : Bark greyish, finely fissured.
Branches and Branchlets : Branches dichotomously spreading; branchlets terete, glabrous.
Leaves : Leaves simple, opposite, decussate; petiole sessile or subsessile (ca. 0.2 cm long), glabrous; lamina 3.1-8.9 x 1.1-3.2 cm, ovate-lanceolate with tapering apex with obtuse tip, base rounded or subcordate, margin entire, coriaceous, glabrous; midrib slightly canaliculate; secondary_nerves obscure; tertiary_nerves obscure.
Inflorescence / Flower : Inflorescence long peduncled (2 cm long) umbels, subterminal and axillary; flowers blue.
Fruit and Seed : Berry, 0.4-0.5 cm diameter, globose; seed 1.

Ecology :

Occasional undergrowth in low elevation wet evergreen forests, up to 700 m.

Distribution :

Endemic to the Western_Ghats- mostly in Central Sahyadri and also recorded in Agasthyamalai.

Literatures :

Hook. Kew Journ. 3: 121. 1851; Gamble, Fl. Madras 1: 505. 1997 (re. ed); Sasidharan, Biodiversity documentation for Kerala- Flowering Plants, part 6: 182. 2004; Saldanha, Fl. Karnataka 2: 40. 1996.

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