Assam Miquelia
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Assam Miquelia
P Native Photo: Niku Das
Common name: Assam Miquelia
Botanical name: Miquelia assamica    Family: Icacinaceae (Unicorn Plant family)
Synonyms: Miquelia gibba, Miquelia kleinii, Jenkinsia assamica

Assam Miquelia is a clmbing shrub with branchlets finley bristly-hairy, becoming hairless. Leaves are membranous, elliptic, 11-18 x 4-6cm, tapering, base wedge-shaped or narrowly rounded, margin very shallowly sinuate-toothed or almost entire; leaf-stalks 1.5-3 cm. Male flowers are about 3 mm across, on elongated threadlike tube 3-5 mm, forming spherical umbels 1.2-1.6 cm across. Umbels are borne on slender simple or racemosely branched flower-cluster stalks, 1-4 cm long, these aggregated on short thick supra-in leaf-axils shoots about 5 mm. Female flowers have staminodes minute; ovary ovoid; stigma stalkless, 4-lobed. Drupes are about 1.5-2 x 0.8 cm, yellowish, obliquely ovoid, tubercled. Assam Miquelia is found in E. Himalaya to Thailand.

Identification credit: Dipankar Borah Photographed in Behali Wildlife Sanctuary, Sonitpur, Assam.

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