Memecylon terminale Dalzell, Hooker’s J. Bot. Kew Gard. Misc. 3: 121 1851. (syn: Memecylon amabile Bedd.);
muh-MEHS-uh-lawn — adopted from the Greek name of Arbutus fruitEncyclopaedia Londinensis
term-in-AL-ee or term-in-AL-ay — terminal positionDave’s Botanary
commonly known as: smallest Indian memecylon

Habit- Shrubs ca. 4 m tall.

Trunk & Bark- Bark greyish, finely fissured
Branches and Branchlets- Branches dichotomously spreading; branchlets terete, glabrous.
Leaves- Leaves simple, opposite, decussate; petiole sessile or subsessile (ca. 0.2 cm long), glabrous; lamina 3.1-8.9 x 1.1-3.2 cm, ovate-lanceolate with tapering apex with obtuse tip, base rounded or subcordate, margin entire, coriaceous, glabrous; midrib slightly canaliculate; secondary nerves obscure; tertiary nerves obscure.
Inflorescence / Flower- Inflorescence long peduncled (2 cm long) umbels, subterminal and axillary; flowers blue
Fruit and Seed- Berry, 0.4-0.5 cm diameter, globose; seeds 1.
Occasional undergrowth in low elevation wet evergreen forests, up to 700 m.
Endemic to the Western Ghats- mostly in Central Sahyadri and also recorded in Agasthyamalai.
(attributions- B. R. Ramesh, N. Ayyappan, Pierre Grard, Juliana Prosperi, S. Aravajy, Jean Pierre Pascal, The Biotik Team, French Institute of Pondicherry from India Biodiversity Portal)


Memecylon terminale Dalz. :: December 16, 2012 :: Kattalekan : 4 posts by 2 authors. 6 images.
Kattalekan (myristica swamp), Shimoga, Karntaka
Date: December 16, 2012 … Altitude: about 573 m (1880 feet) asl
Memecylon terminale Dalz. … (family: Melastomaceae)

Yes. M. terminale Dalz


Malayalam name for Memecylon terminale Dalzell:

Memecylon terminale Dalzell, is the smallest of all Memecylon species in India, and is reported to be found only in four states of India – Goa, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu.
Now, we need to give a name to this species. Popular species is Memecylon umbellatum Burm.f. … it has following names: കായാവ്, അഞ്നമരം, കനലി, ആനക്കൊമ്പി
I propose … ചെറിയ കായാവ് cheriya kaayaavu … I hope this name looks and sounds good.
Please let me know, if this name needs any correction.

The common Malayalam name for ‘Memecylon’ is കായാമ്പൂ kaayamboo.
Cheriya kaayavu ചെറിയ കായാവ് is an appropriate name.

Thanks very much, …, for help with this Malayalam name – ചെറിയ കായാവ് cheriya kaayaavu !!


Tamil name for Memecylon terminale Dalzell:
Please help in giving a name to a rare Memecylon species – Memecylon terminale Dalzell; it is the smallest among Indian species.
Tamil name for Memecylon umbellatum Burm.f. is காயா
Will …  சிறிய காயா chiriya kaya … be a good enough name ?
Please let me know your thoughts.

That name is good for describing the plant, but I think சிறு காயா (chiru kaya) or சின்ன காயா (chinna kaya) would be better as a name.

Thank you very much, …, for help with coining a name for this species !!
We will go with சிறு காயா chiru kaya.


Names of Plants in India :: Memecylon terminale Dalzell:
Memecylon terminale Dalzell

muh-MEHS-uh-lawn — adopted from the Greek name of Arbutus fruit … Encyclopaedia Londinensis
term-in-AL-ee or term-in-AL-ay — terminal position … Dave’s Botanary

commonly known as: smallest Indian memecylon • Kannada: ಸಣ್ಣ ನೆಕ್ಕರೆ sanna nekkare • Konkani: सान अंजनी saan anjani • Malayalam: ചെറിയ കായാവ് cheriya kaayaavu • Tamil: சிறு காயா chiru kaya

botanical namesMemecylon terminale Dalzell … heterotypic synonyms:Memecylon amabile Bedd. … POWO

Bibliography / etymology
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~~~~~ ENGLISH ~~~~~
written and spoken widely, in most parts of India
smallest Indian memecylon
  • name coined, for want of name; perhaps the smallest of the Indian (Memecylon) species … THE BOMBAY FLORA, or, SHORT DESCRIPTIONS of all THE INDIGENOUS PLANTS HITHERTO DISCOVERED IN OR NEAR THE BOMBAY PRESIDENCY together with A SUPPLEMENT OF INTRODUCED AND NATURALISED SPECIES by Nicolas A Dalzell M.A. and Alexander Gibson, F.L.S., 1861
~~~~~ KANNADA ~~~~~
written in: Kannada (ಕನ್ನಡ) … spoken in: Karnataka
ಸಣ್ಣ ನೆಕ್ಕರೆ sanna nekkare
  • name coined, for want of name; ಸಣ್ಣ ನೆಕ್ಕರೆ sanna nekkare = small nekkare; based on the name ದೊಡ್ಡ ನೆಕ್ಕರೆ dodda nekkare = big nekkare, given name for Memecylon malabaricum Cogn.
~~~~~ KONKANI ~~~~~
written in: DevanagariKannada, Malayalam, Urdu, Roman … spoken in: Goa, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Kerala
सान अंजनी saan anjani
  • name coined, for want of name; सान saan = small (size); अंजनी anjani = given name for Memecylon umbellatum Burm.f.
~~~~~ MALAYALAM ~~~~~
written in: Malayalam (മലയാളം) … spoken in: Kerala
ചെറിയ കായാവ് cheriya kaayaavu
  • name coined, for want of name … many thanks to Sam Kuzhalanattu for help with this name … efloraofindia
~~~~~ TAMIL ~~~~~
written in: Tamil (தமிழ்) … spoken in: Tamil Nadu
சிறு காயா chiru kaya
  • name coined, for want of name … many thanks to Dr Vijayasankar Raman for help with this name … efloraofindia
Goa, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu; endemic
~~~~~ Last updated: 20-09-2023 ~~~~~

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