Himalayan Spindle Tree
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Himalayan Spindle Tree
ative Photo: Gurcharan Singh
Common name: Himalayan Spindle Tree • Hindi: Dadul, Dharua, Papper • Khasi: Dieng-sohsatkhlaw • Nepali: बन चितु Ban Chitu
Botanical name: Euonymus hamiltonianus    Family: Celastraceae (Spike-thorn family)
Synonyms: Euonymus hians, Euonymus lanceifolius, Euonymus vidalii

Himalayan Spindle Tree is a small tree, growing up to 10 m tall, with thick, corky, pale-grey bark. Leaves are ovate or oblong, with a single sert of fine marginal teeth with bristle-like deciduous tip. Leaves are 3-8 cm long, but variable. Flowers are greenish-white, about 7 mm across, in branched clusters occuring in leaf axils. Sepals are 4, petals 4, 5-7 mm long, lanceshaped to oblong, obtuse, with curled-back margins. Himalayan Spindle Tree is found in the Himalayas, from Afganistan to SE Tibet and Burma, at altitudes of 700-2700 m. Flowering: April-July.

Identification credit: Gurcharan Singh Photographed in Pahalgam, Kashmir & Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand.

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