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Mesua manii (King) Kosterm. in Reinwardtia 7: 428. 1969. Kayea manii King in Ann. R. Bot. Gard. Calc. 5: 144, t. 174. A. 1876; Parkinson, For. Fl. Andaman Is. 88. 1923. K. racemosa auct. non. Planch. & Triana, 1861; T. Anderson in Fl. Brit. India 1: 276. 1874, p.p. Kayea ferruginea Pierre, Fl. Forest. Cochinch. Pasco 7: t. 99. 1885. Mesua ferruginea (Pierre) Kosterm. in Reinwardtia 7: 427.1969.

Evergreen, medium-sized trees; bark pale brown; branchlets slender, glabrous. Leaves opposite, 12 - 18 x 3 - 4 cm, narrowly oblong to lanceolate, tapering at both ends, acuminate at apex, shiny on both surfaces, coriaceous; main lateral veins 15 - 20 pairs ending in an undulated marginal vein; intermediate veins running about half way up, curving, somewhat prominent on lower surface; petioles 7 - 8 mm long. Flowers 12 - 13 mm in diam., borne in several, fasciculate, 3.5 - 6.5 cm long racemes from axils; pedicels 1 - 1.5 cm long, slender. Sepals 4, ovate-orbicular, concave. Petals 4, broadly ovate, concave, slightly smaller than sepals. Stamens numerous, much longer than petals; anthers broadly ovate. Ovary conical, subcompressed, glabrous, tapering into cylindrical style; stigmas 3-fid, lobes linear. Fruits (unripe) compressed with persistent style, enveloped in accrescent sepals.

Fl. & Fr. Jan. - Feb.

Distrib. India: Andaman & Nicobar Islands (Andaman Islands). Rare and threatened.


Notes. This species was collected only once from Andamans; the description is based mostly on protologue.

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