East-Indian Mycetia
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East-Indian Mycetia
P Native Photo: Momang Taram
Common name: East-Indian Mycetia
Botanical name: Mycetia mukerjiana    Family: Rubiaceae (Coffee family)

East-Indian Mycetia is a shrub, up to 1.5 m tall, with stems slender, whitish. Leaves are simple, perpendicular opposite pairs. Leaf-stalks are about 2-3 cm long, bluntly tapering; blade about 5-25 x 1.5-6 cm, obovate to inverted-lanceshaped, narrowed at base, tapering at tip, entire, membranous, hairless. Flowers are white or pale-yellow in leaf-axils, in about 1.5-2 cm long cymes, carried on slender flower-cluster-stalks. Bracts are ovate-lanceshaped, about 3 x 1 mm, tapering. Flower-stalks are about 2.5 mm long; bracteoles leaf-like, oblong-lanceshaped, about 0.5 x 0.2 cm; sepals ovate, about 3 x 2 mm, tapering; flower-tube about 1.2 cm long; limbs ovate to ovate-oblong, about 2 x 0.5 mm, pointed; styles thread-like, velvet-hairy, about 1 cm. Berries are hemispheric. Seeds angular, minute. East-Indian Mycetia is native to NE India and Bangladesh. Flowering: August-December.

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

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