Maesa Forssk.

This genus is accepted, and its native range is Tropical & Subtropical Old World to W. Pacific.

[FSOM]

M. Thulin et al. Flora of Somalia, Vol. 1-4 [updated 2008] https://plants.jstor.org/collection/FLOS

Morphology General Habit
Trees or shrubs
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Flowers in axillary racemes or panicles, bisexual or functionally female, with 2 bracteoles at base of calyx
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx (4–)5-lobed
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla campanulate, with a short tube and spreading lobes, the lobes imbricate or quincuncial
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens Anthers
Anthers dorsifixed, opening by longitudinal slits
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Ovary
Ovary ± inferior; ovules several to many embedded in the placenta; style short
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit small, indehiscent, dry or fleshy, crowned with persistent style and calyx, several-seeded
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds small, pitted.
Distribution
Some 170 species in the Old World tropics.

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Trees or shrubs, sometimes with runners or scrambling
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence usually axillary racemes or panicles; flowers hermaphrodite or functionally ♀, white, pedicellate, with 2 bracteoles at base of calyx
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx±adnate to the ovary, (4-)5-lobed, imbricate
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla campanulate, longer than calyx, with spreading lobes, united at base into a short tube; lobes imbricate or quincuncial
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
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
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Pistil
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
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit small, indehiscent, dry or fleshy, globose, ovoid or subturbinate, crowned with persistent style and calyx, several-seeded
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds small, tessellated,±compressed, globose or turbinate; embryo oblique or almost transverse.

[FZ]

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

Morphology General Habit
Shrubs, often sub–sarmentose, glabrous or pubescent.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves entire or dentate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers usually unisexual (hermaphrodite in F.Z. area), 5– or 4–merous, subtended by 2 bracteoles, borne in axillary racemes or panicles.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx adnate to ovary, the lobes usually not marked with resiniferous lines, persistent.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla campanulate or urceolate; petals connate below, usually marked with dark lines.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens inserted in mouth of corolla tube, usually with long filaments, these very rarely short or absent; anthers dehiscing by slits.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Pistil
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.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit dry or fleshy, ± globose, crowned with persistent sepals and style, usually many–seeded.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds small, embedded in the placenta, irregularly polyhedral, typically ± turbinate with the apex flat, the testa not pitted; endosperm smooth.

Native to:

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, Nansei-shoto, Nepal, New Caledonia, New Guinea, Nicobar Is., Nigeria, Northern Provinces, Philippines, Queensland, Rwanda, Samoa, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Solomon Is., Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Sulawesi, Sumatera, Swaziland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Tibet, Togo, Tonga, Uganda, Vanuatu, Vietnam, Wallis-Futuna Is., West Himalaya, Yemen, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

Maesa Forssk. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status Has image?
Nov 4, 2015 Ching, Y.P. [S. 56204], Sarawak K000618510 No
Tsi, Z.H. [ASBK 44], China 60112.000 No
Brunt, M.A. [816], Cameroon K000027986 No
s.coll. [Cat. no. s.n.], Myanmar Baeobotrys K001132760 Yes

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

Accepted by

  • Govaerts, R., Nic Lughadha, E., Black, N., Turner, R. & Paton, A. (2021). The World Checklist of Vascular Plants, a continuously updated resource for exploring global plant diversity. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41597-021-00997-6 Scientific Data 8: 215.

Literature

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).

Flora of Somalia

  • Flora Somalia, Vol 3, (2006) Author: by M. Thulin [updated by M. Thulin 2008]

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Fl. Aegypt. Arab.: CVI & 66 (1775)
  • Mez in E.P. IV.236: 15 (1902)

  • Flora Zambesiaca

    Flora Zambesiaca
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0

  • Flora of Somalia

    Flora of Somalia
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0

  • Flora of Tropical East Africa

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0

  • Herbarium Catalogue Specimens

    Digital Image © Board of Trustees, RBG Kew http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

  • Interactive Key to Seed Plants of Malesia and Indo-China

    The Malesian Key Group (2010) Interactive Key to Seed Plants of Malesia and Indo-China (Version 2.0, 28 Jul 2010) The Nationaal Herbarium Nederland Leiden and The Royal Botanic Gardens Kew

  • Kew Backbone Distributions

    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2022. 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 2022. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
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