Myrsine subsessilis (Primulaceae)

Myrsine subsessilis DSC_0574

One of the various native species of Myrsine, this endemic shrub is probably one of the more easy to recognize species as the veins are quite prominent on the leaf upperside, and the midrib is raised. Like most members of the genus, the distinctive translucent oil dots in the leaf will help to at least confirm that this shrub belongs to the Primula family. In this species, the oil dots are round and red. This feature is more obvious in dried specimens.

More on this sometime.


About David Tng

I am David Tng, a hedonistic botanizer who pursues plants with a fervour. I chase the opportunity to delve into various aspects of the study of plants. I have spent untold hours staring at mosses and allied plants, taking picture of pollen, culturing orchids in clean cabinets, counting tree rings, monitoring plant flowering times, etc. I am currently engrossed in the study of plant ecology (a grand excuse to see 'anything I can). Sometimes I think of myself as a shadow taxonomist, a sentimental ecologist, and a spiritual environmentalist - but at the very root of it all, a "plant whisperer"!
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