Tibetan Daphne
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Tibetan Daphne
E Native Photo: Siddarth Machado
Common name: Tibetan Daphne
Botanical name: Daphne tangutica    Family: Thymelaeaceae (Daphne family)
Synonyms: Daphne retusa, Daphne wilsonii, Daphne argyi

Tibetan Daphne is a dense, much branched shrub with stem hairless, shoot tips velvet-hairy, bearing beautiful rosy white fragrant flowers. Leaves are 3-5 cm long, elliptic or oblong-lanceshaped, notched, leathery, nearly stalkless. Leaves have inrolled margins. Flowers about 2 cm long, in branch-ends clusters, white, rosy red outside; tube about 1.2 cm long; petals slightly smaller, blunt. Ovary hairless. Fruit 8-10 mm long, ovoid, red, nearly spherical. Tibetan Daphne is found in the Himalayas, from Kashmir to SW China, at altitudes of 3300-3700 m. Flowering: May-June.

Identification credit: Siddarth Machado Photographed in North Sikkim.

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