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Published In: Plantae Asiaticae Rariores 3: 67, pl. 289. 1832. (Pl. Asiat. Rar.) Name publication detailView in BotanicusView in Biodiversity Heritage Library

Project Name Data (Last Modified On 6/2/2011)
Acceptance : Accepted
Project Data     (Last Modified On 6/3/2011)
Flower/Fruit: Fl. Per. March-April.
Type: Type: (Nepal) “in montibus vallis Napaliae et Deyrae”. (India) In Kamaon, Blinkworth.
Distribution: Distribution: Endemic to the Indo-Pakistan subcontinent; in the Himalayas from Indus eastward to Bhutan, usually between 800-2500 m.
Comment/Acknowledgements: The fruit is said to be eaten but is known to cause serious digestive upsets, thirst and death in some cases. The branches are browsed by sheep.
Photo: Coriaria nepalensis Wall. (Photo)
Map Location: C-7 Rawalpindi Dist.: Murree, c. 2340 m. E. Nasir 302 (RAW); Changla gali, S.I. Ali 615 (KUH); C-8 Azad Kashmir, Dhuli, c. 1500 m. Apr. 18, 1952, R..R. Stewart & E. Nasir s. n. (RAW); Poonch Dist.: Trarkhel, 1500-2000 m. A. Rashid, E. Nasir & R.R. Stewart 25519 (RAW.)


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Spreading to erect, 3-4 m tall shrub with rough brown bark. Branches numerous, opposite, divaricate, puberulous to glabrescent. Leaves o posite, super-posed, almost sessile, blade ovate to broad ovate or elliptic, 12-40 mm long, 8-24 mm broad, apex obtuse, apiculate or mucronate, margin almost entire or minutely denticulate, glabrous, 3-5 costate, with convergent reticulate venation, costae pubescent below. Inflorescence many-flowered, axillary or terminal, 2-5 cm long, raceme surrounded at the base with bud scales. Flowers bisexual, greenish-yellow, 5-merous, 3-4 mm across; pedicel filiform, 5-8 mm long, up to 12 mm in fruit, hirsute; bracts sessile, oblong or oblong-pandurate, 3.5-4.5 mm long, 1.5-2 mm broad, concave, embracing the pedicel, obtuse, glabrous, margin fimbriate-ciliate. Sepals ovate to broad ovate or somewhat orbicular in fruit, 2.5-3 mm long, 1.5-2(-3) mm broad, yellowish-green, obtuse, apiculate, glabrous, margin membranous crenate. Petals oblong, 1.5-2 mm long, up to 5-7 mm long in fruit, with the keel inserted in the interestices between achenes, apex mucronate, margin undulate. Stamens 10, outer 5 antisepalous free, inner 5 adnate to petals, exesrted, filaments purplish, 3-4 mm long, anthers basifixed, ovate-oblong, 1.5-2 mm long. Carpels 5, inserted on fleshy conical thalamus; each ovary falcate, compressed, c. 1.5 mm long, glabrous; styles 5, 4-5 mm long, exserted, puberulous throughout, purple, stigma linear, acute, somewhat uncinate. Achenes 5, each somewhat ovate, ridged c. 3.5 mm long; separated by inwardly projecting keel of petals, blue, or deep purple. Seed ovate, testa membranous, cotyledons ovate.
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