Deccan Memecylon
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Deccan Memecylon
P Native Photo: Shrishail Kulloli
Common name: Deccan Memecylon
Botanical name: Memecylon deccanense    Family: Melastomataceae (Melastome family)
Synonyms: Memecylon wightianum, Memecylon heyneanum

Deccan Memecylon is a large shrub to small slender tree, with branchlets nearly round. Leaves are oblong-lanceshaped or elliptic-oblong, pointed or tapering, base rounded, hairless, brown on drying, to 12 x 4.5 cm; lateral nerves about 15 pairs, slender, faint. Flowers are mostly fascicled on tubercles; flower-stalks slender, 2.5 mm long. Calyx is cup-shaped, sepals obscure, pink. Petals are blue. Berry is black, 1 seeded. Deccan Memecylon is endemic to the Western Ghats - South Sahyadri and North Malabar. Flowering: January-March.

Identification credit: Shrishail Kulloli Photographed in Kerala.

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