Cherry-Leaf Eurya
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Cherry-Leaf Eurya
P Native Photo: Saroj Kasaju
Common name: Cherry-Leaf Eurya • Nepali: भाले झिनु Bhaale Jhinu, ठुलो झिंगाने Thulo Jhingaane
Botanical name: Eurya cerasifolia    Family: Theaceae (Tea family)
Synonyms: Diospyros cerasifolia, Diospyros feminina, Eurya wallichiana

Cherry-Leaf Eurya is a shrub or small tree, 2-7 m tall; stems greyish-brown, striped, sparsely sctose; branchlets and apical buds adpressed velvet-hairy, ultimately hairless. Leaves are 4-12 x 2-4.5 cm, broadly elliptic, elliptic-lanceshaped or ovate-oblong, pointed to wedge-shaped at base, bluntly tapering at tip, entire or sawtoothed towards tip, papery, dark green with blotches and hairless above, midrib velvet-hairy beneath, lateral veins 20 or more on each half, distinct on both surfaces; leaf-stalks 2-6 mm long, velvet-hairy. Flowers are white or yellowish-white, 4-5 in in leaf-axils fascicles; flower-stalks 2-4 mm long. Sepals are 2-3.5 x 2-2.5 mm, broadly elliptic blunt, velvet-hairy outside. Petals are 4.5-5 x 2.5-3 mm, oblong-elliptic, blunt, fused at base, hairless. Stamens are 15-17, unequal, filaments 1-3 mm long, fused at base, hairless, anthers 1-2.5 mm long. Berries are 5-7 x 4-4.5 mm, ellipsoid or almost spherical, dark brown or blue black. Cherry-Leaf Eurya is found in subtropical and temperate forests at 1500-2200 m altitudes, in West Bengal, Sikkim, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur and Meghalaya. It is also found in Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar and China. Flowering: October-June.

Identification credit: Tapas Chakrabarty Photographed at Sakiyong Khasmahal, Pedong Reshi Rd, India.

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