The members of the genus Melodinus (Apocynaceae) have long been used in folk medicine for the treatment of various ailments. It has been reported that Medigenin, Medinin, medigenin acetate were extracted from Melodinus monogynus for medicinal purposes (Yao et al., 2014). Unfortunately, deforestation and destruction of habitat in Meghalaya has led to decrease in population of Melodinus monogynus, a wild edible fruit with medicinal importance. Hence, in view of the present status of the population of this species, it is felt that there is requirement for the knowledge of its propagation. Thus, the present study deals with seed viability and seedling survival, the two critical phases for plant regeneration by means of seeds. Fruits of Melodinus monogynus were collected during the month of December after which experiments were carried out under laboratory as well field conditions. The result of the study indicates that the species is shade-intolerant and produces orthodox seeds.
Keywords Melodinus monogynus, orthodox seeds, shade-intolerant species.