Lawson's Memecylon
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Lawson's Memecylon
ative Photo: Prasad A.B.
Common name: Lawson's Memecylon
Botanical name: Memecylon lawsonii    Family: Melastomataceae (Melastome family)

Lawson's Memecylon is a rare and threatened large shrub about 4 m tall. Branchlets are round, slender, hairless. Leaves are simple, opposite, decussate, stalks 4 mm, planoconvex in cross section, hairless. Leaves are 6-10 x 2-3 cm, lanceshaped, tip gradually long-pointed, base pointed, margin entire, midrib slightly canaliculate; secondary nerves obscurely visible, parallel and joining into intramarginal nerve. Flowers are blue, borne in axillary or lateral fascicles, few flowered, stalkless, disk rays faint. Berry is round, yellow, 1-seeded. Lawson's Memecylon is endemic to the Western Ghats, occasional in South Sahyadri, Palakkad to Wayanad in Central Sahyadri.

Identification credit: Prasad A.B.
Photographed at KUHS, Thrissur, Kerala.
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