IUCN Red List Status: Vulnerable (VU)

Miliusa nilagirica Bedd., Icon. Pl. Ind. Or. 18 1874. ;


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Large shrubs; young branches rugose. Leaves alternate, ovate, lanceolate or elliptic-lanceolate, subcuneate at base, shortly acuminate at apex, 5-10 x 2-4 cm, glabrous; petioles 3-7 mm long. Flowers purplish green, bisexual, solitary, axillary or extra-axillary; pedicels 5-10 mm long, glabrous; bracts 2-3, basal, minute, glabrous. Sepals 3, minute, ovate, ciliate along margins towards apex, otherwise glabrous. Petals 6 (3+3); outer petals like the sepals; inner ones oblong, acute, ca 10 x 2 mm, thick, glabrous except the thickened margins towards the apex. Stamens 8-12, uniseriate, ca 1 mm long; connectives blunt at apex. Carpels ca 13, oblong, ca 2 mm long; ovules 1 or 2 ; style very short; stigma sessile, oblong or globose. Fruitlets many, globose or subglobose, apiculate, red, glabrous; stalks 5-7 mm long.

Flowering and fruiting: March-April
Evergreen forests
Southern Western Ghats (Endemic)
 


Occurrences are sparsely scattered; three records have been made in the Agastyamalai Hills and three from sites further north, including the Nilgiri Hills and the Karnataka and Kerala border.

A poorly known species, which occurs in the understorey of stunted evergreen forest between 900 and 1,600 m. (From  IUCN Red List (VU) )


 

 
Beauty.. Thanks … for showing us so many new plants..


 
 
 
 
 

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