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Blueberry Lasianthus
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Blueberry Lasianthus
P Native Photo: M. Sawmliana
Common name: Blueberry Lasianthus
Botanical name: Lasianthus lucidus    Family: Rubiaceae (Coffee family)
Synonyms: Mephitidia lucida, Nonatelia lucida

Blueberry Lasianthus is a shrub, 1-1.5 m tall; branches and branchlets are hairless or sparsely bristly on very young parts. Leaf-stalks are 2.5-8 mm, bristly or usually bristly; leaf blade membranous or somewhat leathery, ovate, elliptic, or ovate-elliptic, 4-9 x 1.5-3 cm, hairless above, sparsely bristly or hairy on nerves and nervules below, base wedge-shaped to blunt, tip tapering or cuspidate-tapering; lateral veins 3-6 pairs, elevated below; nervules parallel, prominent below. Inflorescences are glomerulate to headlikes, stalkless; bracts absent. Flowers are stalkless or nearly stalkless. Sepal-cup with hypanthium portion obconic to widely bell-shaped, 1-1.5 mm, becoming hairless; limb deeply lobed; lobes 5, narrowly triangular, 2-3 mm, usually somewhat unequal on an individual flower, bristly. Flowers are 8-12 mm, hairless or bristly outside, hairy at throat and on lobes inside; lobes 5, triangular, 2-2.5 mm. Fruit is spherical or ovoid, 4-5 mm in diameter, hairless; pyrenes 5. Blueberry Lasianthus is found in mountain forests, shaded and wet places, at altitudes of 900-2400 m in Bangladesh, NE India, China, Indonesia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam.

Identification credit: M. Sawmliana, J.M. Garg Photographed in Ailawng, Mizoram.

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