Himalayan Boxwood
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Himalayan Boxwood
P Native Photo: Anil Thakur
Common name: Himalayan Boxwood, Himalayan Box Tree • Himachali: पापरी Papri, शमशद Shamshad • Hindi: पापरी Papri, शमशद Shamshad, चिकरी Chikri
Botanical name: Buxus wallichiana    Family: Buxaceae (Sweet-Box family)

Himalayan Boxwood is an evergreen shrub or small tree, sometimes up to 10 m tall. Stem is straight, bark ash grey, young shoots tetragonal, hairy, hairs spreading. Leaves are lanceshaped inverted-lanceshaped or very narrowly obovate or elliptic oblong, 1.5-6 cm long, 0.8-1.2 cm broad, narrowed at the base, blunt or somewhat notched or with a sharp point at the tip, hairless except the hairy leaf-stalk and midrib on upper side, veins prominent. Flowers are borne in racemes 6-8 mm long, rounded. Flowers are yellowish or creamish, borne in dense rounded clusters 6-8 mm, in leaf axils. Capsules are ovoid, walnut brown, 7-10 mm long, 5-6 mm in diameter. Himalayan Boxwood is used in making a variety of articles like baby walkers, toys, decoration pieces, photo frames, hangers, snuff boxes, combs (comb filled with hair oil and then used and it ensure uniform oiling of the scalp), forks, spoons etc. Himalayan Boxwood is found in moist hills in the Himalayas, from Afghanistan, Pakistan to Kashmir, Uttarakhnd, Himachal, Nepal and Bhutan, at altitudes up to 3000 m. Flowering: March-May.

Identification credit: Anil Thakur Photographed in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh.

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