Grand Viburnum
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Grand Viburnum
ative Photo: Suresh Rana
Common name: Grand Viburnum
Botanical name: Viburnum grandiflorum    Family: Viburnaceae (Viburnum family)
Synonyms: Viburnum foetens, Solenotinus nervosus

Grand Viburnum is a shrub identified by its dense, nearly stalkless clusters of relatively large pink fragrant flowers, which appear on bare branches before the leaves. Flower clusters are 3-4 cm across, flower-tube slender, up to 1,3 cm long, the lobes 3-4 mm, spreading, elliptic. Leaves are elliptic, 8-10 cm or more, toothed, hairy on veins beneath. Fruit is ellipsoid, red turning black, up to 2 cm, edible. It is a large shrub up to 3 m tall, or a small gnarled tree. Grand Viburnum is found in the Himalayas, from Kashmir to SE Tibet, at altitudes of 2700-3600 m. Flowering: April-May.

Identification credit: Suresh Rana Photographed in Paddar Valley & Bhaderwah, J&K.

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