Wrinkled-Leaf Wild Berry
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Wrinkled-Leaf Wild Berry
P Native Photo: Susmita Basu
Common name: Wrinkled-Leaf Wild Berry
Botanical name: Maesa rugosa    Family: Primulaceae (Primrose family)

Wrinkled-Leaf Wild Berry is a shrub 1-3 m tall, with branchlets and leaves densely brown scaly, becoming hairless. Branchlets are nearly round, 2-3 mm in diameter, pith solid. Leaf-stalks are channeled, 2-3.5 cm; leaf blade broadly obovate, 6-16 x 5-12.5 cm, leathery, wrinkled, base broadly blunt to pointed, margin minutely toothed, tip cuspidate-tapering, acumen 4-6 mm; lateral veins 8-12 on each side of midrib, ending in subapiculate teeth, submarginal vein absent. Flowers are borne in leaf-axils, in panicles 3-4 cm, hairless or finely velvet-hairy; bracteoles triangular ovate, pointed. Flowers are creamy yellow, 2-3 mm, flower-stalk about 1 mm. Sepals are broadly ovate, about 0.7 mm, orange dotted-lineate, tip pointed or blunt. Flowers are bell-shaped; petals as long as tube, ovate or nearly round, nearly entire, blunt or rounded at tip, orange dotted-lineate. Stamens inserted at middle of flower tube; filaments very short; anthers ovoid. Pistil included. Style cylindric; stigma lobed. Fruits are ovoid, about 3 mm in diameter, somewhat fleshy, pellucid dotted-lineate, slightly longer than persistent sepals. Wrinkled-Leaf Wild Berry is found in E. Himalaya to N. Myanmar, at altitudes of 2000-2800 m.

Identification credit: Basant Singh Photographed on Lava-Kalimpong route, North Bengal.

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