Memecylon depressum Benth., Numer. List [Wallich] n. 4101 1831.;

Shrubs; branchlets tetragonous towards the upper part of each internode, terete below. Leaves to 13 x 5.5 cm, ovate-oblong, acute at apex, subsessile, brown when dried, nerves about 12 pairs, subdistinct. Cymes 2.5 cm across, densely branched. Flowers 4 mm across, many-together; calyx teeth acute; petals 2.2 x 1.5 cm, ovate, acute, bluish white, filaments 1.5 mm long, anthers 1.5 mm long, curved; style 3 mm long. Berry 7 mm across.

Flowering and fruiting: January-March
Evergreen and semi-evergreen forests
Southern Western Ghats (endemic)
(Attributions- Dr. N Sasidharan (Dr. B P Pal Fellow), Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi from India Biodiversity Portal)

Images by TSP Kumar, Identified by A. Sivu (Inserted by J.M.Garg) 


TSPNOV2015-76-118-Memecylon umbellatum (Melastomataceae) : 6 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (6)

It is my pleasure to share few images of Memecylon umbellatum  (Melastomataceae)


Habit: Small tree 

Habitat: Wild, Moist deciduous forest 

Sighting: Kottigehara, Chikmagalur, Karnataka, about 1200 msl 

Date: 17-11-2015

This is not M. umbellatum sir. Leaves should be distinctly petiolate but image no. 32 shows amplexicaule leaves.

As per the key provided in JCB it leads to Memecylon malabaricum (C.B.Clarke) Cogn. but please wait for confirmation from others.

I checked the images of both M.umbellatum and M.malabaricum in the Digital Flora of Karnataka with reference to the keys.The leaves in M.umbellatum are little bit petiolate rather than sessile-sub sessile as in M.malabaricum. Considering the sessile leaves and sub-sessile cluster of flowers in the uploaded specimen, it might be M.malabaricum as you have pointed out.   

Memecylon depressum

It is my pleasure to share few images of Memecylon depressum (Melastomataceae)…..Branches tetragonous towards the upper part of each internode, leaves sub-sessile, acute, with about 12 pair of nerves.

Ref: /species/m—z/m/melastomataceae/memecylon/memecylon-depressum 

Habit: A large shrub 

Habitat: Wild evergreen forests 

Sighting: Vanagoor, Sakaleshpur and Kottigehara, Chikmagalur, Karnataka about 1000 msl and 1200 msl respectively 

Date: 31-01-2016 (Kottigehara) and 28-04-2016 (Vanagoor)

Simply Superb!!!

very nice complete set as usual. i did not see the “Branches tetragonous towards the upper part of each internode” may be i am missing the point? do not these flowers starting out as blue?

Thanks … Kindly zoom in on one of the images with leaves and a bunch of fruit or even the image showing only the leaves.



Memecylone for ID : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (1)

This fabulous from Silent vallely kerala

Dated 10 july 2009
please identify

Memecylon species so far in efi

Memecylon depressum Benth

Images by Santhan P, Identification by A Sivu (Inserted by J.M.Garg)




Memecylon deccanense Clarke : Attachments (2). 6 posts by 4 authors.

Memecylon deccanense Clarke
66m altitude, N10.43687, E076.47243
Shrub cultivated
Kerala forest research Centre arboretum way  Chimney dam Peechi (Thrissur – Kerala )
Flowering and Fruiting

I think it represents Memecylon sessile

Accepted name for Memecylon sessile A. Chev. is Warneckea guineensis (Keay) Jacq.-Fél., Adansonia, sér. 2, 18: 235: t. 3(A) (1978) as per Melnet.

Forwarding for validation as Memecylon sessile Benth. ex Wight & Arn. or otherwise pl. 

M. depressum Benth ex trina

Are the images at the following link properly identified:


The Plant List Ver.1.1 (Unresolved)
(Specimen) India Biodiversity Portal

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