Flora of the Nilgiris

Family : Flora of Nilgiri Biosphere (Northern Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve)
Myrsinaceae

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Maesa indica (Roxb.) A.DC.

Leaf arrangement

Alternate distichous

Leaf Type

Simple

Leaf Shape

Obovate, Elliptic

Leaf Apex

Acute

Leaf Base

Acute

Leaf Margin

Serrate

Habit : A small tree.

Habitat and Distribution : Less common on the slopes, in thickets or by the shola borders. Hills above 800m. Lower Himalayas, India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia.

Field Tips : Bark thin, reddish-brown, lenticellate. Wood brownish-white, soft.

 

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Names:



Tamil : Peria unni, Thappa chedi

Malayalam : Kirithi

Flower:

In axillary and terminal panicles, white. Flowering peaks during January-March.

Fruit :

A drupe, fleshy with swollen cupule, globose, green with light red or yellow tinge. Seeds angular. Fruiting from April onwards.

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Myrsinaceae