Maesa ramentacea (Roxb.) A. DC., Prodr. 8: 77 1844. (syn: Baeobotrys acuminata Spreng.; Baeobotrys lanceolata Spreng.; Baeobotrys ramentacea Roxb.; Maesa acuminata A.DC.; Maesa glabra A.DC.; Maesa lanceolata G.Don; Maesa membranifolia Mez; Maesa missionis A.DC.; Maesa philippinensis Gand.; Maesa sumatrana Scheff.);
China (Yunnan, Guangxi) to Tropical Asia: Andaman Is., Assam, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China South-Central, China Southeast, East Himalaya, Laos, Malaya, Myanmar, Nepal, Nicobar Is., Philippines, Sumatera, Thailand, Vietnam as per POWO;

A. DC. Prodr. viii. 77 ; leaves coriaceous elliptic- lanceolate acuminate entire, base rounded or wide-rhomboid, secondary ner¬vation obscure, racemes compound usually much longer than the petioles and often than the leaves. Scheff. Myrsin. 15 ; Kurz in Journ. As. Soc. 1877, pt. ii. 220, and For. Fl. ii. 99. M. lanceolata, Don Prodr. 148 (not of Forsk.). M. acuminata, missionis and glabra, A. D C. l. c. 77, 78, 82. M. sumatrana, Scheff. l. c. Baeobotrys ramentacea, Roxb. Hort. Beng. 16, and Fl. Ind. i. 558 ; Wall. Cat. 2322. B. glabra, Roxb. l. c. 560. B. fragrans, Wall. Cat. 2323. B. acuminata, Spreng. Syst. Index, v. 89. B. ? missionis. Wall. Cat. 6523.
EASTERN BENGAL and the EASTERN PENINSULA, alt. 0-3000 ft., common from Bhotan to Singapore.—DISTRIB. Malaya to Borneo.
An erect tree, 30 ft., with straight stem and lanceolate outline ; or more commonly a gregarious bush on the low dry hills ; branches rarely verrucose. Leaves 4-5 by 1.1/2 in., margin slightly thickened ; primary nerves conspicuous beneath, distant, about 8 on each side ; petiole 1/3 in. Racemes usually equalling the leaf, from half as long to twice as long, glabrous.—Boeobotrys (v. Maesa) acuminata, Wall. Cat. 232.1, is Gymnosporia acuminata, Hook. f.
(Attributions- IBIS Flora (Flora of British India))

MS,Aug.,2021/16 Ligustrum sp. for id.: 3 images.
Location : Hlimen, Mizoram
Date : 04-12-2015
Habit : Small or medium-sized tree
Habitat : Wild

Seems to Boraginaceae member,

Most opposite leaves in Ligustrum

I also do not think it is Ligustrum, as per comparative images herein.

It is Maesa as per images and details herein. Pl. let me know the species and keys in your book.

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It should be Maesa ramentacea (Roxburgh) A. de Candolle as per keys in the book.


Maesa chisia Buch.-Ham. ex D. Don ?? : 6 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (7) – average around  600 kb each.
Location: Pharping, Nepal
Date: 26 April 2018
Altitude: 4800 ft.
Habit : Wild

Do you have keys of species of Nepal ? if so, pl. post.

Pl. check with the keys as given below:
Here are the derived keys from Flora of China (for species in checklist of Nepal- indicated in bold):
1 Branchlet apex hirsute, hirtellous, puberulent, pilose, velutinous, or brown scaly. (2)
+ Branchlet apex glabrous or glandular granulose, early glabrescent. (16)
2 (1) Branchlets brown scaly. (3)
+ Branchlets white pilose-tomentulose or brown velutinous tomentulose, hirsute, or hirtellous and reddish glandular granulose. (4)
3 (2) Leaf blade leathery, rugose, apex cuspidate-acuminate, acumen 4-6 mm; petiole thick, 2-3.5 cm Maesa rugosa
+ Leaf blade papery, not rugose, apex caudate-acuminate, acumen 8-20 mm, petiole thin, 0.7-1.5 cm Maesa chisia
4 (2) Branchlets white pilose-tomentulose or brown velutinous-tomentulose. (5)
+ Branchlets hirsute or stramineous hirtellous and reddish glandular granulose. (9)
5 (4) Branchlets white pilose-tomentulose. (6)
+ Branchlets brown velutinous-tomentulose. (7)
6 (5) Leaf blade leathery, secondary veins connected by submarginal vein Maesa cavinervis
+ Leaf blade membranous, secondary veins free to margin, without submarginal vein Maesa montana
9 (4) Plants hirsute. (10)
+ Plants hirtellous and glandular granulose. (13)
13 (9) Petiole 0.4-1 cm; leaf blade base obtuse to rounded. (14)
+ Petiole 1-2(-3) cm; leaf blade base acute. (15)
14 (13) Calyx lobes acuminate; pedicel 1.5-2 mm 12 Maesa parvifolia
+ Calyx lobes acute; pedicel 1.2-1.5 mm 13 Maesa marioniae
15 (13) Inflorescences racemose-spicate; pedicel obsolete to 0.8 mm; calyx conic 14 Maesa argentea


16 (1) Branchlet apex glabrous. (17)
+ Branchlet apex glandular granulose, early glabrescent. (19)


19 (16) Leaf blade margin undulate, subentire, or entire. (20)
+ Leaf blade margin serrate or serrate-dentate. (24)
20 (19) Leaf blade membranous or papery; pedicel 1-2 mm. (21)
+ Leaf blade leathery or rarely papery; pedicel 2.5-4 mm. (22)
21 (20) Branchlets terete, lenticellate; calyx lobes densely punctate-lineate; bracts and bracteoles wider than long; inflorescence rachis and pedicels glabrous 22 Maesa consanguinea
+ Branchlets angular, without lenticels; calyx lobes punctate; bracts and bracteoles longer than wide; inflorescence rachis and pedicels minutely glandular granulose 23 Maesa ramentacea (syn: Maesa acuminata Wall.)

I think this is Maesa ramentacea as per images and details herein.




References: POWO  Catalogue of Life  The Plant List Ver.1.1  Tropicos  GBIF (High resolution specimens) Flora of China  FOC illustration  Annotated checklist of Flowering plants of Nepal (Maesa acuminata A. DC.) India Biodiversity Portal  IBIS Flora (Flora of British India) Asian Plants  plantsp-eflora.bnh  Medicinal Plants By Moshrafuddin Ahmed The Biodiversity of Singapore  Flickr

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