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Myrsine Linn., Sp. Pl. 196. 1753. Gen. Pl. ed. 5:90.1754; Benth. & Hook. f, l.c. 642; Clarke in Hook.f., l.c. 511; Cooke, l.c.142; Collett, Fl.Siml. (rep.ed.): 304.1921.

Myrsine semiserrata

Credit: Fauzia

Shrubs or small trees, with closely placed, small, coriaceous leaves. Flowers small, in short axillary fascicles, polygamous, often dioecious. Calyx 4-5-lobed, persistent. Corolla 4-5-lobed, rotate. Stamens 4-5, inserted at the base of corolla-lobes; filaments very short to obsolete; anthers short, dithecous. Ovary superior, ovoid-orbicular, 1-locular with several ovules in several rows, on free-central placentae; style very short or obsolete with erect or spreading stigma. Fruit small, globose, subfleshy or dry, often red and smooth, 1-seeded.

About 7 species, mostly tropical and subtropical, represented here by 2 species.

Rapanea Aubl. is said to differ from Myrsine L. by its sessile stigma and anthers, which do not seem adequate differential characters; treated separetely it has over 150 species, while Myrsine (sensu stricto) has only c. 7 species (including our 2 species).

1 Leaves 1-2.5 cm long. Flowers almost sessile. Shrubs   Myrsine africana
+ Leaves 5-12 cm long. Flowers shortly pedicelled. Small trees   Myrsine semiserrata

Lower Taxa


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