Narrow-Leaf Morinda
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Narrow-Leaf Morinda
E Native Photo: Thingnam Rajshree
Common name: Narrow-Leaf Morinda • Mizo: Lum
Botanical name: Morinda angustifolia    Family: Rubiaceae (Coffee family)
Synonyms: Morinda squarrosa, Morinda angustifolia var. scabridula

Narrow-Leaf Morinda is an evergreen shrub or small tree up to 6 m. Leaves are inverted-lanceshaped, 20-25 x 6-9 cm, abruptly or narrowly tapering, Base narrowed, hairless above, becoming hairless below; leaf-stalks 1-4 cm. Stipules broadly triangular, 5-12 mm. Inflorescence at branch-ends but usually soon displaced, appearing lateral and leaf opposed; flower-cluster-stalks 2-4 cm. Flowers are 5 merous, sweet scented bisexual hererostylous. Hypanthia fused below. Flower are white, entirely hairless tube narrow, 1.5-3.1 cm; lobes spreading elliptic 9-15 mm. Filaments very short; anthers included near middle of flower tube. Style slender; stigma included below stamens or partly excerted. Few fruit set in each head; drupes mostly free top-shaped, bluish white, black when dry, about 8 x 9 mm. Pyrenes pyriform, about 6 mm. Narrow-Leaf Morinda is found in the Himalayas at altitudes of 500-1400 m.

Identification credit: Siddarth Machado Photographed in Meghalaya.

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