Keys from Flora of Bhutan (Habitat, Elevation and Flowering- fruiting period):
1. Flowers in large panicles 6-25cm . . . .. 2
+ Flowers in short sometimes branched racemes 1 -6cm . . .. 3
2. Leaves dentate or serrate, pubescent . . …….. 1. M. macrophylla (Subtropical and Warm broad-leaved forests, 600-1700m. February-May)
+ Leaves entire, glabrous . . . .. 2. M. ramentacea (Terai forests. December-March)
3. Leaves coriaceous, rugose above . . . ..3. M. rugosa (Broad-leaved forests, 1500-2440m. November- March)
+ Leaves membranous, smooth . . . . .. 4
4. Leaves and young stems pubescent; leaves large, 10-30 x 5.5-13cm ……. 4. M. argentea (Cool broad-leaved forests, 2130—2440m. April)
+ Leaves and young stems glabrous (or finely puberulous in M. montana); leaves mostly small, 7-16 x 2-10cm . . . .. 5
5. Young shoots puberulous; leaves puberulous on midrib beneath, without translucent veins but minutely punctate; racemes short, mostly 1-2.5 cm…. 7. M. montana (Subtropical and terai forests, 300-410m. March-May)
+ Young shoots glabrous; leaves glabrous beneath with translucent elongate or reticulate minor veins; racemes often 2.5-6cm . . . . .. 6
6. Leaves subentire to shallowly sinuate or serrulate; lateral veins spreading; minor veins conspicuously translucent and reticulate. . ..5. M. chisia (Margins of Evergreen oak and Warm broad-leaved forests, often on rocky slopes and cliffs, 1250-2100m. February-May)
+ Leaves usually coarsely serrate; lateral veins ascending; minor veins inconspicuously translucent, elongate, not reticulate ….. . . .. 6. M. indica (Subtropical (often secondary) and terai forests, 200-l250m. February-May)
Maesa ramentacea (Roxb.) A. DC. (China (Yunnan, Guangxi) to Tropical Asia: Andaman Is., Assam, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China South-Central, China Southeast, East Himalaya, Laos, Malaya, Myanmar, Nepal, Nicobar Is., Philippines, Sumatera, Thailand, Vietnam as per POWO)
Species with description & pictures in Flowers of India as on 24.5.14:
Maesa acuminata A. DC. (Nepal)
Some species found in India with description & keys from Flora of China [Distribution other than China]:
Maesa argentea [India, Myanmar, Nepal]
Maesa chisia [Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Nepal]
Maesa indica [India, Vietnam]
Maesa manipurensis [Bangladesh, E India]
Maesa montana [India, Myanmar, Thailand].
Notes on the distribution of Maesa velutina Mez (Myrsinaceae) – a rare and endemic plant from India by M.M. Sardesai & S.R. Yadav- Journal of Threatened Taxa | www.threatenedtaxa.org | April 2011 | 3(4): 1735–1736
World Spice Plants: Economic Usage, Botany, Taxonomy By Johannes Seidemann (2005)- Details-
Floristic Diversity of Assam: Study of Pabitora Wildlife Sanctuary By Bora, Yogendra Kumar (2003)- Details-
Bulletin of the Botanical Survey of India, Volumes 30-32; Volumes 34-35 (1992)-
MAESA NAYARII – A NEW SPECIES OF MYRSINACEAE FROM ARUNACHAL PRADESH 0 S TMZ denticulate margin ; corolla lobes are ovate-. An interesting species of the genus Maesa Forsk. was collected during …
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I have updated eFI (efloraofindia) page on Maesa
Attempts have been made to incorporate most of the species available in India & nearby areas with details & keys directly or through links as far as possible. It’s quite possible that there may be some discrepancy in the accepted names & synonyms taken from other links.
Species discussed so far in efloraofindia are given at the bottom of the page in the form of links against Subpages. On clicking them one can see all the details.
If someone can provide complete list of Indian species with source references it will be wonderful.
Any comments/ corrections are welcome.
Maesa page (Primulaceae) with images of species in efloraofindia : 1 post by 1 author
If you find any mis-identification, pl. let us know.