Mesua-Millettia (Sturtevant, 1919)

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Sturtevant, Notes on edible plants, 1919
Mesua-Millettia (Sturtevant, 1919)

Mesua ferrea Linn.

Guttiferae. IRONWOOD.

Java and East Indies. The fruit is reddish and wrinkled when ripe, with a rind like that of the chestnut. It resembles a chestnut in size, shape, substance and taste.8

Metroxylon laeve Mart.


East Indies. This species furnishes a large part of the sago which is exported to Europe.

Metroxylon rumphii Mart.


East Indies. This palm furnishes, says Seemann, the best sago of the East Indies.

Metroxylon sagu Rottb.


Sumatra and Malacca. The plant is employed in the preparation of sago for food. Considerable quantities are made at the Poggy Islands, lying off the west coast of Sumatra, where it forms the principal food of the inhabitants.

Metroxylon vitiense Benth. & Hook. f.


This is a true sago palm in Viti but its quality, Seemann says, was not known to the natives until he pointed it out to them.

Michelia champaca Linn.


Malay. The fruit is said to be edible, and in India the tree is cultivated for the exquisite perfume of the flowers.

Micromeria juliana Benth.

Labiatae. SAVORY.

East Mediterranean region. This savory is mentioned by Gerarde, 1597, as sown in gardens. It is a native of the Mediterranean countries, called in Greece, ussopo, in Egypt, pesalem. It has disappeared from our seed catalogs.

Micromeria obovata Benth.

West Indies and introduced in Britain in 1783. The species has two varieties. It was recorded by Burr, 1863, as in American gardens but as little used. It is said to be much used for seasoning in its native country. It is now recorded as in cultivation in Europe.

Microseris forsteri Hook. f.


Australia and New Zealand. This is the native scorzonera of tropical Australia and New Zealand. The root is used as a food by the aborigines. The roots are roasted by the natives and eaten. They have an agreeable taste.

Microseris sp.?

This plant furnishes a small, succulent, and almost transparent root, full of a bitterish, milky juice. The root is eaten raw by the Nez Perce Indians.

Milium nigricans Ruiz & Pav.


Peru. A drink called ullpu is obtained from the farina of the seeds.

Millettia atropurpurea Benth.


A tree of Burma and Malay. The tender leaves are said to be eaten.