Panicled Sabia
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Panicled Sabia
E Native Photo: Shivam Kishwan
Common name: Panicled Sabia
Botanical name: Sabia paniculata    Family: Sabiaceae (Sabia family)

Panicled Sabia is an evergreen climbing shrub, with twigs hairless or velvet-hairy. Flowers are borne in 3-6-flowered cymes which are arranged in panicles, velvet-hairy or hairless, 15-30-flowered. Flowers are greenish white; sepals about 1-1.5 x 0.5-1.5 mm, ovate or oblong-ovate; petals about 3-5.5 x 1.5-2 mm, oblong-ovate to oblong; stamens about 1.5-2 mm; filaments flattened; anthers globular to ellipsoid; disc crown shaped; pistil about 1.5-2 mm; ovary hairless. Flower-stalks are about 1.3 cm long. Leaves are simple, alternate, spirally arranged, leaf-stalks about 2.5 cm long; blade about 5-22 x 1.5-10 cm, elliptic-oblong to lanceshaped, pointed to blunt or rounded at base, pointed at tip, margin entire, herbaceous, sparsely to laxly velvet-hairy beneath; secondary nerves 5-12 pairs. Fruits are distinctly obovoid to oblong-obovoid, compressed. Panicled Sabia is found in shady and swampy areas, at altitudes of 250-1700 m, from Uttarakhand to NE India. Flowering: January-April.

Identification credit: Shivam Kishwan Photographed in Nakraunda Swamp, Dehradun.

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