Long-Leaf Mycetia
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Long-Leaf Mycetia
P Native Photo: Nidhan Singh
Common name: Long-Leaf Mycetia • Mizo: Vakep-suak
Botanical name: Mycetia longifolia    Family: Rubiaceae (Coffee family)
Synonyms: Rondeletia longifolia, Wendlandia longifolia

Long-Leaf Mycetia is a shrub up to 2 m tall; branches hairy, becoming hairless. Leaves are about the same size on a branch, elliptic-lanceshaped or elliptic, 5-18 x 3-7 cm. Leaf-stalks are 0.6-2.5 cm, hairy, blade drying papery, above sparsely covered with stiff hair, or hairless, base wedge-shaped to pointed and often decurrent, tip tapering or with a tail; secondary veins 13-20 pairs. Flowers are borne in lax cymes at branch-ends or sometimes in leaf-axils, hairless, nearly stalkless to stalked; flower-cluster-stalk 0.5-1.5 cm; branched portion 3-4 x 5-6 cm; bracts elliptic to ovate, 1-3 mm, flower-stalks 2-5 mm. Flowers are yellow, tubular, outside hairless to hairy, tube 1.0-1.4 cm, inside hairy; petals tiny, broadly ovate, 1-1.5 mm. Calyx is hairless; hypanthium portion is almost spherical, 1.5-2 mm, with triangular sepals 1.5-4 mm. Berries are nearly spherical, 4-5 mm in diameter. Long-Leaf Mycetia is found in the Himalayas, from Kumaon to Bhutan, NE India, at altitudes of 200-1800 m. It is also found in Bangladesh, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal.

Identification credit: Nidhan Singh, Navendu Pāgé Photographed in Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur & Mizoram.

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