China Doll
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China Doll
E Introduced Photo: Amber Srivastava
Common name: China Doll, Kunming Tree Jasmine
Botanical name: Radermachera yunnanensis    Family: Bignoniaceae (Jacaranda family)

China Doll is an evergreen tree, about 16 m tall, with gray-black bark. Leaves are 2(or 3)-pinnately compound, about 70 cm; lateral leaflet-stalks 1-5 mm, tip one 1-2.5 cm; leaflets ovate, 4-9 x 2-5 cm, densely white glandular above, base wedge-shaped, oblique, margin entire, tip with a tail-tapering; lateral veins 5-7 on each side of midrib. Flowers are borne in panicled clusters. Sepal-cup about 3 cm x 8 mm; teeth 5, long triangular, about 1.2 cm. Flowers are white to pale yellow, 7-9 cm. Stamens 4, inserted nearly at base of flower tube. Capsule is gray-black when mature, long round, somewhat woody, about 50 x 1-1.2 cm, densely white warty, scabrous. Seeds ellipsoid, including wing 1.4-1.7 cm x 3-5 mm. China Doll is native to South-Central China. Flowering: April-May.

Identification credit: J.M. Garg Photographed in Sant Asharamji Ashram, Lucknow.

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