Drumstick Aralia
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Drumstick Aralia
E Native Photo: M. Sawmliana
Common name: Drumstick Aralia • Assamese: Kurila
Botanical name: Brassaiopsis glomerulata    Family: Araliaceae (Ivy family)
Synonyms: Aralia glomerulata, Hedera glomerulata, Macropanax glomerulatus

Drumstick Aralia is a tree up to about 20 m tall, with branches prickly, rusty red woolly when young. Flower clusters are borne at branch-ends, pendent, unarmed, rusty-red woolly when young; primary axis more than 30 cm; flower-cluster-stalks 2-5 cm. Flower-umbels, resembling drumsticks, are 2-3 cm in diameter; flower-stalks 0.8-1.5 cm at flowering, 1-3.5 cm in fruit.Leaves are digitately compound, with 5-9 leaflets; leaf-stalk 30-50 cm, slender; leaflet-stalks 2-9 cm, slender, 1-1.5 mm in diameter; leaflets oblong, ovate-elliptic, or broadly lanceshaped, 15-35 x 6-15 cm, papery or somewhat leathery, rusty woolly when young, soon becoming hairless, secondary veins 7-10 pairs, base wedge-shaped or broadly wedge-shaped to rounded, margin entire or sparsely minutely toothed, tip tapering. Fruit is spherical or compressed-spherical to didymo-spherical, 7-10 mm in diam.; styles persistent, 1-2 mm. Drumstick Aralia is found in dense forests on mountain slopes or in valleys, from India to East Himalaya to S. China and SE Asia, at altitudes of 400-2400 m. Flowering: June-August.

Identification credit: M. Sawmliana, J.M. Garg Photographed in Mawmrang tlang, Mizoram.

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