Pointed-Leaf Ardisia
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Pointed-Leaf Ardisia
ative Photo: Prashant Awale
Common name: Pointed-Leaf Ardisia
Botanical name: Ardisia oxyphylla    Family: Myrsinaceae (Myrsine family)

Pointed-Leaf Ardisia is a treelet that grows in lowland and hill forests in Northeast India, Malaysia, Burma, Thailand, and Borneo. The bark is grayish-brown. The leaves are simple and exstipulate. The leaf-stalk is channeled and 2 cm long, 2 mm thick. The blade is elliptic-oblong, 2 cm long, 5.5 mm broad, villous, and the margin is cilate–pectinate. The tip of the blade is long-pointed The inflorescences are panicles at the end of branches, which are up to 8 cm long. The flowers are magenta with a densely tomentose ovary. The fruits are dull red, round, 5×2 mm.

Identification credit: Prashant Awale, R. Vijayasankar, P. Lakshminarasimhan, C. Murugan
Photographed in Port Blair, Andaman & Nicobar.
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