Miquelia dentata Bedd., Madras J. Lit. Sci. III, 1: 38 1864. ;
S-India (Tamil Nadu, Kerala) as per CoL;
Glabrous climbers. Leaves to 16 x 7 cm, ovate, apex acute, base rounded or truncate, dentate, more sharply near the base; petiole 3-4 cm long. Flowers unisexual, in peduncled globose spike; peduncle to 6 cm long; calyx cupular, 4-toothed; petals 4, 3 mm long, oblong; stamens 4 or 5, in male flowers; ovary 1-celled, 4-angled, style absent, stigma 4-angled, ovules 2, pendulous. Drupe to 2 x 1 cm, 3-8 together, ovoid, sessile, yellow; seeds 1.5 x 1 cm, stalked, pitted.
Flowering and fruiting: April-September
Evergreen and semi-evergreen forests
Southern Western Ghats
(Attributions- Dr. N Sasidharan (Dr. B P Pal Fellow), Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi)
88 ID wild plant: 30 high res. images.
Please ID wild plant,
Location: near Reserve Forest, Chathamattom, Ernakulam District, (Kochi) Kerala PIN:686671
Flower date: 29.04.2021, 10.05am
Habitat: wild moisture
Plant habit: separate male and female plants having all characteristics similar except flowers, climbing, slender stem, long lasting
Height: 05 meters
Leaves: alternate, oval, oblong, apex
Flower: globular racemose, diameter:03mm, green, non fragrant
Fruit: green into brown, diameter:13mm, not edible
Seed: brown, oval, size:3×1mm
Camera: mobile LG K10 2017 13mp +macro lens
I see several plants of this kind, but male flowers only in one plant and female flowers in two plants only,
This is a Critically endangered climber called Miquelia dentata, Icacinaceae, one of the best plants used against cancer.
Great …, great. The male flower (I am thinking as it is male) image is very correct in googling, but the female flower images and fruit images….
This is the female infructescence of Miquelia dentata. Only very few people closely seen it, hence few photos available in google search
Today I have been there, I didn’t see any fruits in the said plant and it is in this way, my concern about how it’s propagation….? So it is remain as endangered!!
References: POWO Catalogue of Life The Plant List Ver.1.1 IPNI GBIF (High resolution specimens) High resolution specimen Flora of peninsular India India Biodiversity Portal Kerala plants Wikimedia Commons