Botanical name: Abelia triflora Family: Caprifoliaceae (Honeysuckle family)
Himalayan Abelia is an erect shrub, 1-3 m tall. Young branches are hairy. Leaves are lanceshaped, 4-5 cm long, entire or coarsely toothed, sparingly hairy, especially on margin and midrib or hairless beneath. Leaf stalks are united by the broad bases. Flowers are borne in small 3-flowered clusters from the axils of leafy bracts. These clusters are crowded at branch ends. Flowers are white, 8 mm across, tubular-funnel-shaped. The tube is reddish, about 9 mm long, with 5 rounded spreading white petals. Flowers have 5, narrow linear sepals which are feathery with silky hairs. Bracts are lanceshaped, shining. Fruit is dry, achene-like, narrowly oblong, leathery, 5-6 mm long, topped with long feathery sepals. Himalayan Abelia is found in the Himalayas, from Afghanistan to C. Nepal, at altitudes of 1500-4200 m. Flowering: May-July.
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