Cherry-Bark Elm
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Cherry-Bark Elm
D Native Photo: Ashutosh Sharma
Common name: Cherry-Bark Elm, Marn elm • Hindi: Mannu
Botanical name: Ulmus villosa    Family: Ulmaceae (Elm family)
Synonyms: Ulmus laevigata

Cherry-Bark Elm is a medium to large tree. Branches are more or less drooping, minutely velvet-hairy. Leaves are ovate-oblong to elliptic, up to 10 x 5 cm, pointed to subtapering, base subequal, upper surface smooth, hairless to nearly hairless, lower surface slightly velvet-hairy with scattered elongated glandular reddish hairs, sometimes with white hairy clusters in axils of nerves in old leaves, uniformly bisawtoothed with 3-5-7 secondary teeth. Inflorescence in dense. stalkless fascicles. Flowers nearly stalkless perianth tube elongating after flowering. Perianth lobes 5, ovate, blunt, upper margin toothed or laciniate, fringed with hairs with simple and elongated club-shaped red glandular hairs. Stamens 3-4; filaments longer than perianth. Ovary and style densely hairy. Cherry-Bark Elm is from N. Pakistan to W. Himalaya, Kashmir anf Himachal Pradesh. Flowering: February-April.

Identification credit: Ashutosh Sharma Photographed in Bajaura, Kullu district, Himachal Pradesh.

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