Assam Bristletips
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Assam Bristletips
P Native Photo: Momang Taram
Common name: Assam Bristletips
Botanical name: Pseudodissochaeta assamica    Family: Melastomataceae (Melastome family)
Synonyms: Backeria assamica, Diplectria assamica, Medinilla assamica

Assam Bristletips is a shrub, up to 4 m tall; branches 4-angled when young, hairless. Flowers are borne in panicles at branch-ends, about 15-30 cm; flower-stalk about 0.5-2 mm; hypanthium about 3-4 mm, cup-shaped, minutely tuberculate, margin slightly wavy. Sepals are not prominent; petals 4, about 3-4.5 x 3.5 mm, pink, broadly ovate, basally slightly oblique, tip blunt to somewhat pointed; stamens 8, nearly equal; filaments about 3 mm; anthers lanceshaped, about 4 mm. Leaves are simple, in opposite perpendicular pairs, leaf-stalk very short or stalkless; blade about 10-21 x 3.8-11 cm, ovate, lanceshaped-ovate, or elliptic, oblique and heart-shaped or rarely blunt at base, tapering at tip, margin entire or shallowly minutely toothed, leathery, both surfaces minutely tuberculate or above hairless, below sparsely bristly and covered with flaky scales, secondary nerves 1-2 pairs. Berry is about 4.5-6 x 4-5 mm, globular, tip flat. Assam Bristletips is native to NE India to parts of SE Asia.

Identification credit: Momang Taram Photographed at Nirjuli, Papum Pare distt., Arunachal Pradesh.

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