Myrsine wightiana

MYRSINACEAE

Local Name: Cheeramaram

Flowering & Fruiting: Jan-Jun

Habitat: Evergreen & Shola Forests

Description

Trees, to 10 m high, branchlets slender, with prominent petiolar scars. Leaves simple, alternate, clustered towards the tip of branchlets; petiole to 10 mm long; lamina 7.5-8 x 1.5-3.5 cm, oblanceolate, base attenuate, apex acute, margin entire, recurved, glabrous, coriaceous, punctate; lateral nerves 6-8 pairs, obscure. Flowers polygamous, 4 mm across, in 5-8 flowered fascicles; pedicel to 1 mm long; bracts ovate; calyx tube 1 mm long; lobes 5, 0.1-0.15 cm long, cuneate, punctate, acute, ciliate; corolla lobes 5, 2-3 mm long, glandular hairy along the margin; stamens 5, sessile, basifixed; ovary superior, ovoid, 1-celled; style short; stigma slightly 2-lobed. Fruit a berry, 3 mm wide, subglobose, purple; seed single, globose.

Citation

Myrsinewightiana Wall. ex DC., Trans. Linn. Soc. London 17: 106. 1834; Pradeep, Fl. Vellarimala 96. 2000.

 

MyrsinecapitellataWall. var. lanceolata Clarke in Hook. f., Fl. Brit. India 3: 512. 1882.

 

Myrsinecapitellatasensu Wight, Ic. t. 1211. 1848, non Wall. 1824.

 

Rapaneawightiana(Wall. ex DC.) Mez in Engl., PflanzenreichMyrsin. 360. 1902; Gamble, Fl. Pres. Madras 751(528). 1921; Manilal, Fl. Silent Valley 167. 1988; Vajr., Fl. Palghat Dist. 265. 1990; M. Mohanan& Henry, Fl. Thiruvanthapuram  275. 1994; Swarup. et al., Shola For. Kerala 61. 1998; Sasidh., Fl. Periyar Tiger Reserve 226. 1998; Mohanan&Sivad., Fl. Agasthyamala 410. 2002.