Depressed Memecylon
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Depressed Memecylon
E Native Photo: Shrishail Kulloli
Common name: Depressed Memecylon • Malayalam: Kaikkathetti
Botanical name: Memecylon depressum    Family: Melastomataceae (Melastome family)

Depressed Memecylon is a shrub with branchlets tetragonous towards the upper part of each internode, round below. Leaves are up to 13 x 5.5 cm, ovate-oblong, pointed at tip, nearly stalkless, brown when dried, nerves about 12 pairs, subdistinct. Flowers are borne in cymes 2.5 cm across, densely branched. Flowers are 4 mm across, many-together; calyx teeth pointed; petals 2.2 x 1.5 cm, ovate, pointed, bluish white, filaments 1.5 mm long, anthers 1.5 mm long, curved; style 3 mm long. Berry is 7 mm across. Depressed Memecylon is endemic to Southern Western Ghats. Flowering: January-March.

Identification credit: Shrishail Kulloli Photographed in Silent Valley, Kerala.

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