Syzygium munronii (Wt.) Chandrab. - MYRTACEAE

Synonym : Jambosa munronii Walp.; Eugenia munronii Wt.

Vernacular names : Tamil: IlambiliMalayalam: Njara; Njaral; Nyaral

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Botanical descriptions Ecology Distribution Literatures

Botanical descriptions :

Habit : Trees up to 8 m tall.
Branches and branchlets : Branchlets quadrangular and narrowly winged, glabrous.
Leaves : Leaves simple, opposite, decussate; petiole to 0.4-0.8 cm long, canaliculate; lamina 15-28 x 3.5-6.5 cm, lanceolate, apex gradually long acuminate, base cordate or subcordate, margin entire, chartaceous to coriaceous, pellucid gland dotted, glabrous, midrib canaliculate above; intramarginal nerves present; secondary_nerves 16-22 pairs, strong beneath; tertiary_nerves reticulo-percurrent.
Inflorescence / Flower : Inflorescence in terminal cymes; flowers large, pink or white; calyx tapering in to pedicel.
Fruit and Seed : Berry, greenish pink, 3.8 cm across, crowned with persistent calyx.

Ecology :

Understorey trees in wet evergreen forests between 800 and 1400 m.

Distribution :

Peninsular India; in the Western_Ghats- South Sahyadri and between Palakkad hills to Coorg Region in Central Sahyadris.

Literatures :

Biol. Mem. 2: 58. 1977; Gamble, Fl. Madras 1: 473.1997 (re.ed); Sasidharan, Biodiversity documentation for Kerala- Flowering Plants, part 6: 178. 2004; Saldanha, Fl. Karnataka 2: 30. 1996.

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