Nilgiri Medinilla
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Nilgiri Medinilla
P Native Photo: C. Rajasekar
Common name: Nilgiri Medinilla
Botanical name: Medinilla beddomei    Family: Melastomataceae (Melastome family)
Synonyms: Medinilla radicans, Triplectrum radicans

Nilgiri Medinilla is a small shrub dwelling on trees and rocks, with branches round, drooping. Leaves are round, 2.5 cm across, blunt at base and tip, very fleshy, ribs indistinct; leaf-stalk 5 mm long. Flowers are borne in cymes in leaf-axils, 1-3 flowered; flower-stalks 2 cm long, hairless. Flowers are white; sepal tube 7 mm long, wavy along the rim; petals white, 1.5 x 1.2 cm, obovate, spreading; stamens 10, anthers 8 mm long, tapering, spur at the base of the anther, 1.5 mm long, curved up. Nilgiri Medinilla is endemic to Southern Western Ghats.

Identification credit: C. Rajasekar Photographed in Kalakkad-Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve, Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu.

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