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Myrsine semiserrata Wall. ex Roxb., Fl. Ind. 2:293. 1824. Wall., Tent. Fl. Nep. t. 24.1825; Clarke in Hook.f., l.c. 511; Parker, l.c. 303; Collett, l.c. 304; R.R. Stewart, l.c. 532.

Myrsine semiserrata

Credit: Fauzia

A small tree or large shrub, up to 5 m tall, branches glabrous. Leaves lanceolate or elliptic, 5-12 cm long, 1-1.5(-2) cm broad, shortly serrate to subentire, usually glabrous; petiole 2.5-7.5 mm long. Flowers 3 mm across, white, in dense axillary fascicles; pedicels 1-2.5 mm long. Calyx and corolla 4-5-lobed, longer than these in the previous species. Stigmas 2-3-lobed, with flat, spreading, fimbriate lobes. Drupe c. 5 mm in diameter, gobose, tipped by style base, bright reddish-purple, fleshy.

Fl. Per.: March-April.

Type: Nepal, probably Wallich 2295.

Distribution: Outer or sub-Himalayan tracts, India, Pakistan, Nepal & Burma.

A rare tree in our area; the wood is of chocolate colour, and is used by carpenters; fruit is edible.


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