Himalayan Woody Rhea
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Himalayan Woody Rhea
P Native Photo: Ashutosh Sharma
Common name: Himalayan Woody Rhea
Botanical name: Oreocnide frutescens subsp. occidentalis    Family: Urticaceae (Nettle family)

Himalayan Woody Rhea is a shrub or small trees, 1-3 m tall; branchlets and leaf-stalks purplish brown. Stipules are linear-lanceshaped, about 1 cm; leaf-stalk 1-7 cm. Leaves are ovate, narrowly ovate, or obovate, rarely inverted-lanceshaped, 3-15 x 1.5-6 cm, herbaceous, sometimes papery, 3-veined, above dark green, sparsely bristly, base rounded or wedge-shaped, margin sawtoothed or toothed from base or sometimes middle, tip tapering or with a tail. Flowers are produced with or before new leaf flush in axils of fallen leaves and older branches, in clusters carried on 3-8 mm long stalks. Male flowers have 3 tepals, ovate, fused at base, about 1.2 mm. Female flowers are about 1 mm. Achene are ovoid, about 1.2 mm, often verrucose, surrounded by a fleshy discoid cupule at base. Himalayan Woody Rhea is found from N. Pakistan, Himalayas to China, at altitudes of 1400-2500 m. Flowering: February-April.

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

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