1. Family: Rubiaceae Juss.
    1. Meyna Roxb. ex Link

      1. This genus is accepted, and its native range is NE. & E. Tropical Africa, Comoros, Tropical Asia.

    [FTEA]

    Rubiaceae, B. Verdcourt. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1976

    Habit
    Shrubs, small trees or less often lianes of very characteristic habit, usually freely armed with paired spines (modified branches) below which is a normal node bearing a pair of leaves or a pair of very short contracted nodose branches forming spurs bearing apical fascicles of flowers and a pair of leaves, so that each node on the main stem appears to have a whorl of 4 leaves; stipules transverse or broadly triangular, adnate to the petioles, produced into a subulate tip, densely hairy inside, persistent
    Inflorescences
    Cymes fasciculate, usually reduced so that flowers appear to emerge straight from the short spurs, or cymes few-flowered with short common peduncles or sometimes borne at the end of the spines; flowers small, usually many per spur, pedicellate, the buds distinctly apiculate
    Calyx
    Calyx-tube short, ± hemispherical or depressed obconic; lobes short, linear-subulate or lanceolate, erect or spreading
    Corolla
    Corolla usually green; tube shortly cylindrical, sometimes a little swollen at the base, hairy at the throat and with a ring of deflexed hairs inside below the throat; lobes 4–5, ovate-triangular, usually with an apiculate appendage at the apex
    Stamens
    Stamens with very short filaments; anthers small, ± just exserted
    Pistil
    Ovary 4–5-locular; style slender or rather thickened, always shortly exserted; stigmatic club crown-shaped or subglobose, slightly to distinctly marginally 4–5-lobed or depressed subpeltate with divaricate lobes, the lobes overtopping the middle
    Fruits
    Fruit subglobose, rather large, on mostly accrescent pedicels, with 4–5 pyrenes and appearing 4–5-lobed in dry state and possibly slightly so in life.

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    Distribution

    Doubtfully present in:

    Nepal

    Native to:

    Assam, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Comoros, East Himalaya, Ethiopia, India, Jawa, Kenya, Laos, Lesser Sunda Is., Malaya, Myanmar, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda, Vietnam

    Meyna Roxb. ex Link appears in other Kew resources:

    First published in Jahrb. Gewächsk. 1(3): 32 (1820)

    Accepted by

    • Govaerts, R. (2003). World Checklist of Selected Plant Families Database in ACCESS: 1-216203. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

    Literature

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    • Robyns in B.J.B.B. 11: 226 (1928)
    • in Jahrb. Gewächskunde 1(3): 32 (1820)

    Sources

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
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    Kew Backbone Distributions
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2019. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

    Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2019. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0