Kumaon Rowan
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Kumaon Rowan
D Native Photo: Sunit Singh
Common name: Kumaon Rowan, Hairy Rowan
Botanical name: Griffitharia lanata    Family: Rosaceae (Rose family)
Synonyms: Sorbus lanata, Sorbus kamunensis, Pyrus kamaonensis

Kumaon Rowan is a small tree like Nepal Rowan, with white-woolly flower clusters but leaves usua!ly with shallow pointed and toothed lobes, hairless above when mature and with greyish-white wool beneath, or rarely hairless. Flowers are white, scented, 1.3 cm across; petals nearly hairless; styles densely woolly in lower half. Fruit is yellowish-red, 1-3 cm across, edible. Kumaon Rowan is found from Afghanistan to West Himalaya, to C. Nepal, at altitudes of 2500-3400 m. Flowering: April-May.

Identification credit: Sunit Singh, Sajan Thakur Photographed in Chatargalla, Bhaderwah, J&K.

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