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, P. Halliday. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1984

    Trees or shrubs, sometimes with runners or scrambling
    Inflorescence usually axillary racemes or panicles; flowers hermaphrodite or functionally ♀, white, pedicellate, with 2 bracteoles at base of calyx
    Calyx±adnate to the ovary, (4-)5-lobed, imbricate
    Corolla campanulate, longer than calyx, with spreading lobes, united at base into a short tube; lobes imbricate or quincuncial
    Stamens adnate to corolla at throat or below; anthers oblong-cordate, often emarginate, dorsifixed at or below the middle, dehiscing by longitudinal slits or aborted
    Ovary inferior or semi-inferior; style short or almost obsolete, stigma subdiscoid, often distinctly or indistinctly lobed; placenta globose to ovoid, stalked, apiculate; ovules few to many embedded in the placenta in many rows or one row around the base
    Fruit small, indehiscent, dry or fleshy, globose, ovoid or subturbinate, crowned with persistent style and calyx, several-seeded
    Seeds small, tessellated,±compressed, globose or turbinate; embryo oblique or almost transverse.

    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, Philippines, Rwanda, Samoa, Senegal, Solomon Is., Somalia, Sudan, Sulawesi, Sumatera, 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
    Brunt, M.A. [816], Cameroon K000027986
    Tsi, Z.H. [ASBK 44], China 60112.000

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


    • [1] Mez in Engl. Pflanzenr. 4, 236, Myrsinac.: 15 (1902).
    • [2] —F.T.A. 3: 491
    • [3] Fl. Aegypt.–Arab.: 66 (1775).


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