East Himalayan Elder   
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East Himalayan Elder
ative Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: East Himalayan Elder, East Himalayan Elderberry • Nepali: Moti phool
Botanical name: Sambucus adnata    Family: Adoxaceae (Moschatel family)

East Himalayan Elder is a woody herbs or low shrubs, 1-2 m tall. Flowers are borne in a terminal compound corymb, about 15 cm across. Flowers are white, on slender stalks. Sepals are triangular, about 0.5 mm long, flowers flat, pinwheel-type, with 5 petals, ovate, about 1.5 mm long, stamen 5, alternating with petals, anthers rounded, yellow. Ovary is 3-celled, style very short, stigma 3-lobed. Root and rhizome are red. Stem is herbaceous with obvious pith. Leaves are compound, with stipules - leaflets 3-5, elliptical, ovate, lanceshaped, 4-15 cm long, 1.5-2.5 cm wide, long pointed, base blunt to rounded and oblique, margin toothed, sparely velvety on upper surface, densely velvety on the veins. Fruits globose, fleshy, red. East Himalayan Elder is found in Eastern Himalayas, from Nepal to Bhutan, Assam, S. Tibet, W. China, at altitudes of 2000-3700 m. Flowering: May-July.

Photographed in Pelling, Sikkim.
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