Hanging-Bells Sabia   
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Hanging-Bells Sabia
D Native Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Hanging-Bells Sabia
Botanical name: Sabia campanulata    Family: Sabiaceae (Sabia family)
Synonyms: Sabia campanulata subsp. campanulata, Sabia metcalfiana

Hanging-Bells Sabia is a weakly climbing, runners-carrying shrub, with velvet-hairy young shoots. Flowers are mostly solitary, in leaf-axils, hanging on prominently long flower-cluster-stalks, 2.5-5 cm long. They are yellow-green, up 1.5 cm across. Sepals 5, united at the base, about 3 mm long. Petals 4-5, ovate to obovate, 8-12 mm long, blunt. Stamens are 5, filaments somewhat dilated towards base. Ovary bilobed, each lobe unilocular, biovulate; styles 2, erect, suhcoherent, recurved at tip. Leaves are thin, oblong-lanceshaped or elliptic, 3-10 cm long, 1-3.5 cm broad, tapering, wedge-shaped at base; leaf-stalk 5-12 mm long, velvet-hairy. Fruit is blue, 6-8 mm, round flattened, kidney-shaped, wrinkled. Hanging-Bells Sabia is found in the Himalayas, from Kashmir to Sikkim and SW China, at altitudes of 1800-3300 m. Flowering: April-June.

Photographed in Pelling, Sikkim.

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