Reddish Viburnum
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Reddish Viburnum
ative Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Reddish Viburnum • Nepali: असारे Ashaare, गनमने Ganamane, घोडाखरी Ghodaakhari • Nepali: असारे Asaare, गनमने Ganamane, घोडाखरी Ghodaakharee
Botanical name: Viburnum erubescens    Family: Viburnaceae (Viburnum family)

Reddish Viburnum is a small deciduous shrub, growing up to 3 m tall. It is distinguished by its lax drooping long-stalked branched clusters of white, cream or or pink tubular flowers, borne with the leaves at the ends of short branchlets. Flowers have a slender tube 5 mm long, with rounded spreading petals, 2 mm. Anthers are dark purple. Leaves are ovate to elliptic, toothed in the upper part, 3-6 cm long, dark green, with a reddish tinge. The species name erubescens means becoming red, and comes from erubesco, which means, to redden, to blush. Fruit is red, ellipsoid, 8 m long. Reddish Viburnum is found in the Himalayas, from Uttarakhand to Burma, at altitudes of 1500-2700 m. Flowering: April-May.

Identification credit: Nongthombam Ullysess Photographed in Fambong Lho Wildlife Sanctuary, Sikkim.

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