1. Family: Primulaceae Batsch ex Borkh.
    1. Maesa Forssk.

      1. This genus is accepted, and is native to Asia-Tropical, Africa, Pacific and Asia-Temperate.


    Myrsinaceae, F. K. Kupicha. Flora Zambesiaca 7:1. 1983

    Shrubs, often sub–sarmentose, glabrous or pubescent.
    Leaves entire or dentate.
    Flowers usually unisexual (hermaphrodite in F.Z. area), 5– or 4–merous, subtended by 2 bracteoles, borne in axillary racemes or panicles.
    Calyx adnate to ovary, the lobes usually not marked with resiniferous lines, persistent.
    Corolla campanulate or urceolate; petals connate below, usually marked with dark lines.
    Stamens inserted in mouth of corolla tube, usually with long filaments, these very rarely short or absent; anthers dehiscing by slits.
    Ovary semi–inferior or inferior, with short style and broad, subdiscoid, often lobed stigma; ovules usually numerous, arranged in several rows on the placenta, rarely few and uniseriate.
    Fruit dry or fleshy, ± globose, crowned with persistent sepals and style, usually many–seeded.
    Seeds small, embedded in the placenta, irregularly polyhedral, typically ± turbinate with the apex flat, the testa not pitted; endosperm smooth.



    Found In:

    Andaman Is., Angola, Assam, Bangladesh, Bismarck Archipelago, Borneo, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Provinces, Caroline Is., Central African Repu, Chad, China South-Central, China Southeast, Congo, Djibouti, East Himalaya, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Fiji, Gabon, Guinea, Gulf of Guinea Is., Hainan, India, Ivory Coast, Japan, Jawa, Kazan-retto, Kenya, Korea, KwaZulu-Natal, Laos, Lesser Sunda Is., Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaya, Maluku, Marianas, Mozambique, Myanmar, New Caledonia, New Guinea, Nicobar Is., Nigeria, Northern Provinces, Philippines, Rwanda, Samoa, Senegal, Solomon Is., Somalia, Sudan, Sulawesi, Sumatera, Swaziland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Tibet, Togo, Tonga, Uganda, Vanuatu, Vietnam, Wallis-Futuna Is., Yemen, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

    Maesa Forssk. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Identified Reference Herbarium Specimen Type Status
    Nov 4, 2015 Ching, Y.P. [S. 56204], Sarawak K000618510
    Tsi, Z.H. [ASBK 44], China 60112.000
    Brunt, M.A. [816], Cameroon K000027986

    First published in Fl. Aegypt.-Arab.: 66 (1775)


    Flora of West Tropical Africa
    • Mez in Engl. Pflanzenr. 4, 236, Myrsinac.: 15 (1902).
    • —F.T.A. 3: 491
    Flora Zambesiaca
    • Fl. Aegypt.–Arab.: 66 (1775).


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