Sylhet Psychotria
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Sylhet Psychotria
P Native Photo: M. Sawmliana
Common name: Sylhet Psychotria
Botanical name: Psychotria silhetensis    Family: Rubiaceae (Coffee family)
Synonyms: Uragoga silhetensis

Sylhet Psychotria is a shrub up to 3 m tall, with branchlets stout; stem slender, velvet-hairy. Leaves are simple, opposite decussate; stipules about 1-2.5 x 0.5-1 cm, ovate-oblong, leaf-stalks about 1 cm long, stout. Leaves are about 13-35 x 4-16 cm, elliptic-oblong, ovate or obovate, wedge-shaped or narrowed at base, pointed or tapering at tip, entire, leathery, hairless above, puberulose or hairless beneath; secondary nerves 14-22 pairs. Flowers are borne in stalked corymb-like cymes at branch-ends or in leaf-axils. Flowers are about 1.5-3 mm long, greenish brown or white, throat velutinous within; petals 5, ovate-lanceshaped or ovate-elliptic, slightly inflexed, hairless or warty above; stamens are 5, inserted. Sepal-cup is cup-shaped or obconic, about 0.15-0.2 x 0.2-0.25 cm, 5 toothed. Fruit is about 1-1.5 cm in diameter, ovoid, black, stalked, warty or hairless above. Sylhet Psychotria is native to NE India to Bangladesh.

Identification credit: J.M. Garg Photographed in Dampui-ngaw, Mizoram.

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