Bellflower Sabia
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Bellflower Sabia
P Native Photo: Anil Thakur
Common name: Bellflower Sabia
Botanical name: Sabia campanulata    Family: Sabiaceae (Sabia family)
Synonyms: Sabia leptandra

Bellflower Sabia is a climbing, runner-forming shrub, with velvet-hairy young shoots. Flowers are borne mostly singly, in leaf-axils, on 2.5-5 cm long flower-cluster-stalks, red, 1.5 cm across. Petals are 5, ovate to obovate, 8-12 mm long, blunt. Sepals are 5, united at the base, about 3 mm long. Stamens are 5, with filaments somewhat dilated towards base. Leaves are thin, oblong-lanceshaped or elliptic, 3-10 cm long, 1-3.5 cm broad, tapering, wedge-shaped at base; leaf-stalk 5-12 mm long, velvet-hairy. Styles are 2, erect, recurved at tip. Drupe is 1 or 2-lobed, lobes round kidney-shaped, about 5-6 mm in diameter, wrinkled, blue. Bellflower Sabia is found in the Himalayas, from Kashmir to NE India, SE Tibet, Burma, China, at altitudes of 1800-3400 m.

Identification credit: Anil Thakur Photographed in Kufri, Himachal Pradesh.

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