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Clustered Sapphire Berry   
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Clustered Sapphire Berry
ative Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Clustered Sapphire Berry
Botanical name: Symplocos glomerata    Family: Symplocaceae (Saphire-berry family)

Clustered Sapphire berry is a shrub or small tree, growing up to 5 m tall. Leaves are lance-shaped, long-pointed, gland-toothed on margins, leathery, midrib impressed from above, nerves prominent on the underside. Leaf stalk is glandular. Yellowish-white flowers, 4 mm across, are borne in dense clusters in leaf axils. Bracts and bracteoles are ovate, somewhat woolly- haired. Flowers have 5 spreading petals, and 25 stamens. Fruit is cylindric, smooth, with the sepal-rim on top. Clustered Sapphire-berry is found in the Himalayas, from E. Nepal to SW China, at altitudes of 1800-2500 m. Flowering: April-May.

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