Memecylon talbotianum Brandis;
muh-MEHS-uh-lawn — adopted from the Greek name of Arbutus fruit … Encyclopaedia Londinensis
tal-bot-ee-AY-num — named for W A Talbot, author of Forest Flora of the Bombay Presidency
commonly known as: Talbot’s memecylon • Kannada: belivaratha, chappalu • Kunbi: ಅಂಜನಿ anjani • Marathi: कंचन kanchan • Tamil: கல்காசான் kalkaasan, கஞ்சன் kanchan
Endemic to: Western Ghats (of India)
Habit- Trees ca. 8 m tall.
Trunk & Bark- Bark grey, finely minutely fissured.
Branches and Branchlets- Branchlets subterete, glabrous.
Leaves- Leaves simple, opposite, decussate; petiole 0.5-1 cm long, planoconvex in cross section, glabrous; lamina 5-10 x 1.8-5 cm, elliptic, elliptic-lanceolate, apex narrowly acuminate, base acute to attenuate, margin entire, thinly coriaceous, drying olive green or yellowish and rugose; midrib slightly canaliculate above; secondary nerves obscure; tertiary nerves obscure.
Inflorescence / Flower- Flowers blue, in axillary or lateral fascicles on short peduncle.
Fruit and Seed- Berry to 0.8 cm across, turning yellow when ripe; seeds 1.
Common understorey trees in wet evergreen forests, generally up to 1000 m.
Endemic to the Western Ghats- mostly in Central Sahyadri and south Maharashtra Sahyadri.
(From India Biodiversity Portal; Attributions- B. R. Ramesh, N. Ayyappan, Pierre Grard, Juliana Prosperi, S. Aravajy, Jean Pierre Pascal, The Biotik Team, French Institute of Pondicherry. )
ANDEC80 Please confirm: Memecylon talbotianum? : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (11)
I think it is M.talbotianum
Hebri :: Memecylon talbotianum :: DVJAN32 : 3 posts by 2 authors. 3 images.
Sita Nadi Nature Camp (part of Someshwara Wildlife Sanctuary) … Dakshina Kannada, Karnataka
Date: 27 DEC 2014 … Altitude: about 80 m asl
Memecylon talbotianum Brandis … (family: Melastomataceae)
Had just heard about it. Good to see through your lens eyes.
Anshi Ghat :: Memecylon talbotianum :: DVFEB20/53 : 1 post by 1 author. 4 images.
Anshi Ghat … Karnataka
Date: 25 MAY 2013 … Altitude: 340 – 380 m asl
Memecylon talbotianum D.Brandis … (family: Melastomataceae, Melastomaceae)
QUERY :: Names of Memecylon talbotianum : 5 posts by 3 authors.
Please validate the following names of Memecylon talbotianum Brandis. and provide them in their native scripts.
here is the Tamil script for the name ‘kalkaasan’ கல்காசான்
A response I got at facebook from …:
Both these names are coined or built upon name of Memecylon umbellatum, which is ക്കാശാവ് kaasaav.
Memicylom talboltianum Lam : Attachments (1). 4 posts by 2 authors.
Location- Place, Altitude, GPS-100m, way to abbey falls, Medikere, Karnataka
Habitat- Garden/ Urban/ Wild/ Type; Wild
Plant Habit- Tree/ Shrub/ Climber/ Herb- : shrub / small tree
Leaves Type/ Shape/ Size-thick, elliptic
Inflorescence Type/ Size; not in flowering
Flowers Size/ Colour/ Calyx/ Bracts-
Fruits Type/ Shape/ Size Seeds-
Other Information like Fragrance, Pollinator, Uses etc.: not known.
Thanks, …, I could not find any match for Memicylom talboltianum or Memecylon talboltianum on google search.
Could you pl. give the correct spellings.
Is it Memecylon talbotianum Brandis as per Biotik ?
Memecylon talbotianum Brandis is published Indian trees by Brandis 336. 1906 and Flora of Coorg Karnataka by Keshavamoorthy & Yoganarsimhan 1990, Flora Hassan by Nickolson and Saldana 1978
Thanks a lot, …
Memecylon umbellatum Burm.f SN Aug 60 : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (2).
Memecylon umbellatum Burm.f –
wild shrub in fruiting near Hebri, Udupi district Karnataka
To me looks like Memecylon talbotianum Brandis as per images herein.
Excellent photos. I have seen this tree with flower in Matheran.
Would you please give more details such whether the leaves are petioled or sessile (not clear from the picture, out of focus, please take a picture of a single branch held parallel to your lens). Please tell whether the flower/inflorescence is pedicellate or not (The flower picture is out of focus details are not available). Please give other details in the format we follow in this forum. I need basically the approximate size of the plant and leaves.
Unfortunately this is all the pics I have, I posted it only due to the yellow berries. The petiole was very short perhaps 1cm, flowers almost sessile. Both are small trees. This tree can be easily mistaken for M. umbellatum but for the yellow berries. If I am not mistaken only M. talbotianum has berry globose yellow.
M.umbellatum also do have yellow berries. This plant, as you said can be confused between M. umbellatum and M.talbottianum. M.talbottianum grows under thick evergreen canopy even well stratified thick forest. But M.umbellatum never grow in such condition. And M.talbotianum generally doesn’t grow in open conditions (some ecological notes from personal experience). But, here, if you are sure about the flowers were sessile this can be most probably M. talbotianum. Am still bit confused about the leaf shape. Better we don’t confirm it unless we get a picture of leafy branch in which you can zoom in single leaf and see the petiole and nerves and a lateral shot of inflorescence when you see the plant in bloom. Do make sure that you are not missing out characters and not just pictures of flower, leaf etc. You may please refer some pictorial guide such as Flowers of Sahyadri and Some Flowering Plants of the Western Ghats. May be … would be able to give us some tips on the same.
… as per Dr. Almeida’s flora M. umbellatum has Berry globose, 6 mm, purplish black.
That is true in the case of ripened fruits, whereas unripened mature fruits of both the species are yellow then both turned to purplish black and while crushing you can see the dark purple or violet juice. People mention the color what they see at the time of collections. So my humble request is don’t depend upon colors.
Ok, Thanks …, we leave this Unided.
Though the image of the flowers is not that clear, from the remaining photographs it appears to me to be Memecylon talbotianum. Thank you Sir for the mail….
156-TSP-ID-02FEB2018-2: A tree near Chikmagalur for ID assistance : 9 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (3)
Kindly examine and identify this Tree.
Habit: Tree,Medium sized
Habitat: Wild,Evergreen forest
Sighting: Near Chikmagalur,Karnataka,about 1000 msl
I think it is some kind of leaf gall. Let us wait for others’ comments.
Memecylon talbotianum – leaf galls
Memecylon sahyadrica Sivu et al.
Memecylon talboltianum Brandis
All images belong to the same plant.
Yellow fruit_ Memecylon talboltianum Brandis. other one – Memecylon sahyadrica Sivu et al.
Thank you very much for ID my plant. The yellow fruits and black fruit are of same plant, please check the image provided. Yellow is tender, and black is matured ripen fruit. I would become wondering the yellow colour is lasting for 2 months and then slowly black, and edible when becomes black only. Good population here,
Leaf with green petiole, light green- yellow- black. Is the character of M.talboltianum.