Funnel-Flower Silverberry
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Funnel-Flower Silverberry
P Native Photo: M. Sawmliana
Common name: Funnel-Flower Silverberry • Nepali: गुएली Gueli, गुनयाल Gunyal, मादिलो Madilo
Botanical name: Elaeagnus infundibularis    Family: Elaeagnaceae (Silverberry family)
Synonyms: Elaeagnus armata

Funnel-Flower Silverberry is a shrub, erect to climbing. Leaves are elliptic to oblong-elliptic, 6.5-10 x 2.6-4.9 cm, shortly tapering, base rounded to rounded-wedge-shaped, margin wavy, upper surface becoming hairless, lower surface densely silver-scaly with some scattered reddish brown scales; leaf-stalk 0.8-1.2 cm. Flowers are borne on very short shoots in leaf-axils. Flower-stalks are 3-5 mm. Flowers are 1.1-1.3 cm, funnel-shaped with spreading tepals, creamish with small brown dots. Tepals are ovate, 2-3 mm. Stamens are inserted in throat; filaments about 0.5 mm; anthers 1.5 mm. Fruit is oblong-ellipsoid, 1.6-1.8 cm long, about 1 cm broad. Funnel-Flower Silverberry is native to Eastern Himalaya, from Nepal to Bhutan and NE India, at altitudes of 1200-2000 m.

Identification credit: Saroj Kasaju, J.M. Garg Photographed in Mizoram.

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