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Meineckia calycina G.L.Webster in Acta Bot. Neerl. 14: 354, f. 7. 1965.

Shrubs (?), monoecious, glabrous with compressed or somewhat angled branches. Leaves elliptic-lanceolate, cuneate at base, acuminate at apex, somewhat revolute along margins, 5 – 14 x 2 – 5 cm, membranous; lateral nerves 7 – 10 pairs; petioles 4 – 13 mm long; stipules scarious. Inflorescences bisexual cymules with solitary female and several male flowers in a cluster. Male flowers: pedicels 3 – 3.5 mm long; calyx lobes broadly elliptic, ca 2.2 x 2 mm; disc ca 2.5 mm in diam. when spread out; filaments united almost up to the top, ca 0.9 mm long; anthers ca 0.4 mm broad; pistillode ca 0.2 mm high. Female flowers: pedicels 3.5 – 5 cm long, becoming 4.5 – 9 cm long in fruit; calyx lobes ovate or elliptic, 2.5 – 3 mm long, thick and foliaceous, becoming scarious in fruit; disc massive and fleshy; styles 0.5 – 0.7 mm long, slender, capitate. Fruits not seen.

Distrib. India: Evergreen subtropical montane forests, between 1300 - 1800 m altitudes. Tamil Nadu (Anamalai hills). Rare and known only from the type collection (Anamalai hills, Fischerl 3594 in K).


Notes. The description given here is adopted from Webster (l. c.), as no herbarium material could be examined.

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