Dillenia-Leaved Meliosma
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Dillenia-Leaved Meliosma
D Native Photo: Anil Thakur
Common name: Dillenia-Leaved Meliosma • Nepali: कोदे खबडे Kode Khabade
Botanical name: Meliosma dilleniifolia    Family: Sabiaceae (Sabia family)
Synonyms: Millingtonia dilleniifolia

Dillenia-Leaved Meliosma is a tree to 8 m tall, deciduous. Leaves simple; leaf-stalk about 3.5 cm; leaf blade obovate or ovate-elliptic, 10-30 x 4.5-8 cm, papery, below curved hairy, above velvet-hairy, lateral veins 16-20 pairs, straight, running out into teeth, base wedge-shaped, margin bisawtoothed, tip pointed or tapering. Panicles at branch-ends, erect, 14-30 cm, branched 3 or 4 times; flower-cluster-stalks and branches angulate, velvet-hairy. Flowers are stalkless; bracts absent. Flowers are about 2 mm in diameter. Sepals are 5, ovate or broadly ovate, about 1 mm, fringed with hairs. Petals: 3 outer ones white, flat, round, about 2 mm wide; 2 inner ones about 1 mm, bifid to half; lobes pointed, fringed with hairs. Stamens about 1.5 mm. Drupe is spherical, 3-3.5 mm in diameter, finely netveined, midrib prominent. Dillenia-Leaved Meliosma is found in the Himalayas, from Punjab to Bhutan, Tibet, N. Burma, at altitudes of 1800-2900 m. Flowering: June-July.

Identification credit: Anil Thakur Photographed in Himachal Pradesh.

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