Lanceleaf Sabia
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Lanceleaf Sabia
D Native Photo: Dipankar Borah
Common name: Lanceleaf Sabia
Botanical name: Sabia lanceolata    Family: Sabiaceae (Sabia family)
Synonyms: Sabia kachinica

Lanceleaf Sabia is a deciduous woody climber, with branchlets light green, with brownish spots, striped, hairless. Leaves are simple, alternate, spiral; leaf-stalk about 4-10 mm, hairy; blade about 3.5-8 x 2-4 cm, lanceshaped or narrowly ovate-lanceshaped when young, oblong or oblong-ovate when mature, wedge-shaped or rounded at base, with a tail-tapering or tapering at tip, entire, membranous, below hairless or velvet-hairy on veins, above finely velvet-hairy, nearly hairless when old; secondary nerves 4 or 5 pairs. Flower-stalks are about 1.5-3 mm to 1.5 cm. Flowers are solitary, rarely 2-paired, about 1-1.5 mm in diameter, green, yellowish green, or dark purple; sepals 5, about 0.5 x 2 mm; nearly round; petals 5, about 6-9 x 4-7 mm, broadly ovate or nearly round, enlarged to about 1.2 cm at fruiting, 7-veined, tip rounded; stamens 5, about 4-5 mm, filaments flattened. Lanceleaf Sabia is found in East Himalaya, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Tibet. Flowering: October-April.

Identification credit: Dipankar Borah Photographed in Behali Reserve Forest, Biswanath, Assam.

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