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  Medinilla sahyadrica
 
  Family: MELASTOMATACEAE
  Citation:  Medinilla sahyadrica Sujanapal & Sasidh., Rheedea 15: 109. 2005. Medinilla fuchioides sensu Shetty & Karthikeyan, Bull. Bot. Surv. India 18: 215. 1976, non Gard. 1847.
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  Description: Epiphytic bushy subshrubs, rarely lithophytic; branches many, crowded to form umbrella shaped canopy; stem woody, terete, lenticellate, warty rugose; leafy node with circular ring of dense woolly hairs. Leaves opposite, 5-10 x 3-5 cm, elliptic-obovate or oblong-obovate, sessile, fleshy, thickly coriaceous, dark green above and yellowish-green below, distantly crenate towards apex, apex retuse or obtuse, base cordate, clasping, 5-9 ribbed, usually 7, yellowish green, depressed or slightly channeled above, raised below, inner ribs sub-above, reaching up to apex, middle pair reaching up to two-third, outer towards the margin, reaching up to one-third, sometimes an outermost pair, prominent below. Cymes compound, hanging down in bunches from nacked nodes below the leaf, 5-9 flowered; peduncle 1-1.5 cm long, thick, terete, reddish, joints brown hairy; bracts and bracteoles 2 x 1 mm, three teethed. Flowers deflexed, pedicellate, bracteolate; pedicel 0.7-1 cm long, terete. Petals 12 mm across, orbicular, erect, amber coloured, fleshy, 4-6 veined. Stamens 8, partially exserted, 1.3-1.5 cm long; filaments yellow, 9-10 mm long; anthers lanceolate, slightly curved, 4-5 mm long, connective dorsally produced to 0.5 mm long blunt spur; theca with two up-curved basal projections, 0.5 mm long. Hypanthium 6-7 mm diameter, campanulate, reddish; style creamy, 1.5-1.8 cm long, straight, narrowed towards apex; stigma small, capitate. Berry globose, 7-9 mm across, reddish with an apical hypanthial limb; seeds many, obovoid, 1.5 mm long, attached to central placenta.
  Habit: Shrub
  Flowering & Fruiting: November-March
  District(s): Kollam, Idukki
  Medicinal:
  Habitat: Evergreen forests
  Distribution: Southern Western Ghats
  Aquatic: No
  Epiphyte(s): Yes
  Saprophyte: No
  Stem parasite: No
  Root parasite: No
  Flower colour(s): Red, Rose
  Weed: No
  Monocot/Dicot: Dicotyledonous Plants
  Exotic: No
  Garden: No
  Edible: No
  Vegetable: No
  Endemic to: Southern Western Ghats
  IUCN status:
  Altitude: 1200-1800
  Localities: Vellimala
   
 
   
 
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