Nilgiri Miliusa
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Nilgiri Miliusa
E Native Shrub elliptic Photo: Siddarth Machado
Common name: Nilgiri Miliusa
Botanical name: Miliusa nilagirica    Family: Annonaceae (Sugar-apple family)

Nilgiri Miliusa is a large shrub with young branches rough. Leaves are alternate, ovate, lanceshaped or elliptic-lanceshaped, subwedge-shaped at base, shortly tapering at tip, 5-10 x 2-4 cm, hairless; leaf-stalks 3-7 mm long. Flowers purplish green, bisexual, solitary, in leaf-axils or extra-in leaf-axils; flower-stalks 5-10 mm long, hairless; bracts 2-3, basal, minute, hairless. Sepals 3, minute, ovate, fringed with hairs along margins towards tip, otherwise hairless. Petals 6 (3+3); outer petals like the sepals; inner ones oblong, pointed, about 10 x 2 mm, thick, hairless except the thickened margins towards the tip. Stamens 8-12, uniseriate, about 1 mm long; connectives blunt at tip. Carpels about 13, oblong, about 2 mm long; ovules 1 or 2 ; style very short; stigma stalkless, oblong or spherical. Fruitlets many, spherical or subspherical, apiculate, red, hairless; stalks 5-7 mm long. Nilgiri Miliusa is endemic to the Western Ghats.

Identification credit: Navendu Pāgé Photographed in Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary, Karnataka.

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