Himalayan Pieris
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Himalayan Pieris
ative Photo: Saroj Kasaju
Common name: Himalayan Pieris, Chinese Pieris • Nepali: लेख अँगेरी Lekh Angeree, गिनेरी Gineree, पोते Pote
Botanical name: Pieris formosa    Family: Ericaceae (Blueberry family)

Himalayan Pieris is a shrub or a small tree, reaching up to 3–5 m tall, with clusters of beautiful white or pinkish white flowers. The botanical species name formosa means beautiful. Branches can be smooth or covered with fine hairs. Leaves are often reddish when young, with a leaf-stalk 1–1.5 cm. Leaves are lancelike, elliptic, or oblong, rarely oblanceolate, 3–14 X 1.4 cm. Leaf margin is distinctly toothed from base to apex. Urn shaped flowers, 5–8 mm, are white, often pink-tinged in bud, occuring in panicles or racemes, 4–10 cm. Sepals are lancelike, 4 mm, often pink tinged. Seeds spindle-shaped, 2–3 mm. It is found in thickets and open slopes at altitudes of 2000-3300 m. Distributed in NE India (Assam, Manipur, Sikkim), Myanmar, Nepal, Vietnam. Flowering: May–June.

Identification credit: Saroj Kasaju, Susmita Basu Photographed in Sandakphu, West Bengal & Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh.

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