Lakhimpur Tree Camellia
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Lakhimpur Tree Camellia
E Native Photo: Niku Das
Common name: Lakhimpur Tree Camellia
Botanical name: Pyrenaria khasiana var. lakhimpurensis    Family: Theaceae (Tea family)

Lakhimpur Tree Camellia is a small tree, up to 5 m high.hairy. Leaves are inverted-lanceshaped to spoon-shaped, 22-25 x 8.5-10.5 cm, leathery, sawtoothed, hairless above, midrib raised below, depressed above, secondary veins 17-22, depressed above and raised below, base narrowed to wedge-shaped, tip long tapering; leaf-stalks up to 0.7 cm long. Flowers are are borne singly in leaf-axils, about 4.5 cm across. Petals are 7, white, unequal, inverted-lanceshaped-obovate, 1.0-2.0 x 0.5-1.5 cm, silky hairy outside, tip rounded; stamens numerous, basally fused; filaments hairless, to 1 cm long, outer whorl slightly adnate to petals. Sepals are persistent, 7, ovate, round to obovate, 0.5-1.5 x 0.7-1.2 cm, not leaf-like, silky hairy outside. Flower-stalks are silky hairy, 3 x 2 mm; bracteoles 2, ovate, 2.0-2.5 x 2.5- 3.0 mm, not leaf-like, leathery, silky hairy outside, tip blunt. Ovary is 5-celled, 3-4 mm long; styles 5, free, about 7 mm long. Fruit is almost spherical, 2.5-3.5 x 2.3-3.2 cm, hairless, tip crowned with 5 stigmatic protuberances, with persistent sepal-cup at base; pericarp fleshy, yellowish when ripe, spongy when dry.Lakhimpur Tree Camellia is found in the Lakhimpur district of Assam. Flowering: February-May.

Identification credit: Niku Das Photographed in Behali WLS, Biswanath, Assam.

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