Pretty-Leaved Plum
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Pretty-Leaved Plum
ative Photo: Siddarth Machado
Common name: Pretty-Leaved Plum
Botanical name: Syzygium calophyllifolium    Family: Myrtaceae (Bottlebrush family)
Synonyms: Eugenia calophyllifolia

Pretty-Leaved Plum is an evergreen tree, growing up to 20 m high, Bark is thick, brown, rough, blaze pink, branchlets round. Leaves are simple, opposite, carried on stalks 2-3 mm, stout, hairless. Leaf blade is 2-5 x 1.5-3 cm, obovate or almost circular, base obtuse, or round, obtusely pointed or slightly notched, margin entire, hairless, pellucid dotted, leathery. Lateral nerves are many, parallel, slender, very close, prominent, looped at the margin forming intramarginal nerve, intercostae reticulate, slender but prominent. Flowers are bisexual, white, in dense corymbs at branch ends. Peduncle are 4 angled, jointed at ramifications. Sepal tube is 3 mm long, ovoid, sepals 4, minute. Petals are 4, calyptrate; stamens many, bent inwards at the middle in bud, ovary inferior, 2-celled; ovules many; style 5-6 mm long. Fruit is a berry, 1.0-1.2 cm long, oblong or obovoid, dark purple. Pretty-Leaved Plum is found in Western Ghats and Sri Lanka. Flowering: February-May.

Identification credit: Siddarth Machado Photographed in the Shola forests, Tamilnadu.

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