Himalayan Hornbeam
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Himalayan Hornbeam
D Native Photo: Ashutosh Sharma
Common name: Himalayan Hornbeam
Botanical name: Carpinus viminea    Family: Betulaceae (Birch family)
Synonyms: Carpinus davidii, Carpinus fargesii, Carpinus macrostachya

Himalayan Hornbeam is a medium-sized tree with compact grey bark with darker streaks, with ovate-lanceshaped long-pointed, doubly saw-toothed leaves, 5-12 cm long, and with pendulous fruiting clusters 5-10 cm long. Male catkins are drooping, up to 8 cm. borne on leafless branches. Bracts are triangular-ovate; stamens hairy. Stipules are oblong, soon falling. Nut is about 3 mrn, ribbed, with lanceshaped toothed involucre about 2.5 crn, with small triangular basal lobes. Wood is used for fuel. Himalayan Hornbeam is found in the Himalayas, Kashrnir to SW China, Myanmar and SE Asia, at altitudes of 1500-2700 m. Flowering: March-April.

Identification credit: Ashutosh Sharma Photographed in GHNP, Kullu district, Himachal Pradesh.

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