Long Leaved Beauty Berry
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Long Leaved Beauty Berry
ative Photo: Prashant Awale
Common name: Long Leaved Beauty Berry • Khasi: Dieng sohkailang
Botanical name: Callicarpa longifolia    Family: Verbenaceae (Verbena family)

Long Leaved Beauty Berry is a shrub, growing up to 2-3 m tall. Branchlets are 4-angled, nodes with a transverse scar. Leaf stalks are slender, 0.5-1.5 mm long. Leaf blade is narrowly lanceolate to oblong-elliptic, 8-20 cm long and 2-6 cm wide. Leaves are smooth on the upper side, with margin serrated. Flower are borne in cymes 2-3 cm across, which are carried on slender stalks, 0.5-1.5 cm long. Sepal cup is cup-shaped, about 1 mm. Flowers are pale purple, about 2 mm. Stamens are 2-3 times as long as the flower tube. Fruit is beautiful purple berry, 1.5 mm in diameter, borne in clusters in leaf axils. Flowering: May-August.

Identification credit: Prashant Awale
Photographed in Mizoram.
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