Grey Stem Spirea
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Grey Stem Spirea
ative elliptic Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Grey Stem Spirea • Hindi: झाड़ मैराला Jhar Mairala
Botanical name: Spiraea canescens    Family: Rosaceae (Rose family)
Synonyms: Spiraea flagelliformis, Spiraea rotundifolia

Grey Stem Spirea is a stiff deciduous shrub, 1-5 m tall, with arching grey-haired branches. Leaves are small, elliptic-obovate, entire or have 3-5 teeth at the apex. Leaves are hairy. White flowers, 4-6 mm across, in numerous dense flat-topped clusters. The clusters are borne on short side branches forming a long inflorescence. Ripe carpelsare long-haired, partly sunk in sepal tube. Grey Stem Spirea is found in thickets, thicket margins, valleys, river banks, stream sides, dry places, at altitudes of 1500-3000 m. Flowering: May-June.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh.

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