Himalayan Ivy
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Himalayan Ivy
ative Photo: Mansa Srivastav
Common name: Himalayan Ivy • Assamese: Mej-peosree • Hindi: Bano, Lablab, Mithiari, Kural • Nepali: दुधेला Dudhelaa, गुही Guhee, पिपल पाते Pipal Paate, काठे लहरो Kaathe Laharo
Botanical name: Hedera nepalensis    Family: Araliaceae (Ivy family)

Himalayan Ivy is a woody climber, up to 30 m long, climbing into tall trees by aerial roots. Leaves are ovate to lanceshaped, leathery, dark-green, glossy, 5-15 cm long. Young leaves are 3-5-lobed, ivy-like. Flowers are tiny, many, yellowish-green, ins talked spherical umbels 1.5-2 cm across, which are arranged in domed clusters up to 8 cm across. Flowers have 5 elliptic petals, 3 mm long, mostly turned backwards. In the buds, the petals are placed edge-to-edge. Fruit is round, about 6 mm, shining yellow, turning black. Himalayan Ivy is found in the Himalayas, from Afghanistan to SW China and Burma, at altitudes of 1800-3000 m. Flowering: September-October.

Identification credit: Gurcharan Singh Photographed in Uttarakhand & Kashmir.

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