Himalayan Lilac
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Himalayan Lilac
ative Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Himalayan Lilac • Nepali: भत्रासी Bhatraasee
Botanical name: Syringa emodi    Family: Oleaceae (Jasmine family)

Himalayan Lilac is a large deciduous shrub, growing up to 5 m tall. Leaves are elliptic-oblong, 6-10 cm long, with entire margins, carried on 2.5 cm long stalks. Flowers are borne in dense branched clusters of white fragrant flowers, at the end of branches. Flowers are tubular, 8 mm long. Petals are oblong, hooded at the tip, spreading outwards. Seed capsule is cylindrical, up to 1.5 cm long. Himalayan Lilac is found in the Himalayas, from Afghanistal to C. Nepal, at altitudes of 2100-3600 cm. Flowering: June-July.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed on Govindghat-Ghangria route, Uttarakhand.

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