Camellia Bat-Apple
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Camellia Bat-Apple
P Native Photo: M. Sawmliana
Common name: Camellia Bat-Apple, Tree Camellia
Botanical name: Pyrenaria diospyricarpa var. camelliiflora    Family: Theaceae (Tea family)
Synonyms: Pyrenaria camelliiflora

Camellia Bat-Apple is a tree up to 15 m tall with leaves elliptic-lanceshaped to inverted-lanceshaped, 10-11.5 x 3-3.5 cm, papery, sawtoothed, dark green above, hairless, pale green beneath, sparsely velvet-hairy, pointed-tapering at tip, narrowed at base; secondary veins 10-12 on each side of midvein, leaf-stalk 0.8-1 cm long. Flowers are borne singly in leaf-axils, white with a tuft of yellow stamens at the center, 3 cm across. Petals are 5, obovate, 0.7-1 x 0.6-0.8 cm, hairless inside, silky hairy outside, rounded at tip, wavy at margins, fused at base. Stamens are numerous, fused at base; filaments hairless, to 7 mm long. Sepals are 5, persistent, overlapping, ovate-round, 3-4 x 3-5 mm, blunt-rounded at tip. Flower-stalk are 2-2.5 mm long, silky hairy. Fruits are drupes, spherical, 2.5-3 cm across, hairless, 5-celled, with a sunken holem with a persistent sepal-cup at base. Camellia Bat-Apple is native to NE India and parts of SE Asia. Flowering: April-June.

Identification credit: Krishna Upadhaya Photographed in Hmuifang, Mizoram.

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