Muntingia calabura
[Buah Cheri, Malayan Cherry, West Indian Cherry, Cherry Tree]

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The magnified views of a twig and the under surface of a leaf showing dense hairs with swollen tips. Each swollen tip is a gland and the structure is known as stipitate gland since there is a stipe holding the gland or glandular trichomes [1]. Due to the extensive coverage of the glandular trichomes, the surfaces felt sticky when touch.

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Early stage seedlings does not have toothed leaf blade. In the picture with 3 seedlings in the same pot, one of them belonged to Peperomia pellucida.

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Some websites and publications continued to indicate the family of this tree as Elaeocarpaceae. The assignment to Elaeocarpaceae might be true before 1998. Post 1998, the tree was assigned to the family Muntingiaceae [2].

Reference:

[1] Glas JJ, Schimmel BC, Alba JM, Escobar-Bravo R, Schuurink RC, Kant MR. Plant glandular trichomes as targets for breeding or engineering of resistance to herbivores. Int J Mol Sci 2012;13(12):17077-17103. | Read article |

[2] Bayer C, Chase MW, Fay MF. Muntingiaceae, a new family of dicotyledons with Malvalean affinities. Taxon 1998;47(1):37-42. | Abtract |