Lanceleaf Leptodermis
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Lanceleaf Leptodermis
ative Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Lanceleaf Leptodermis
Botanical name: Leptodermis lanceolata    Family: Rubiaceae (Coffee family)
Synonyms: Hamiltonia fruticosa

Lanceleaf Leptodermis is an erect shrub, with stem and branches hairless or rough. Leaves are ovate-elliptic or lanceshaped, membranous or rigid, hairy or rough above, somewhat velvety beneath, 1.5-10 x 0.7-4 cm. Leaf-stalk is 3-6 mm long, stipules appressed, long-pointed and hairy. Flowers are borne in head-like clusters on branch ends or in lateral cymes. Flowers are white, 4-6-merous, 1.2-1.8 cm long. Bracts are tubular; bracteoles ciliate, about 4 mm long, hairless or minutely hairy. Sepals are triangular and pointed, fringed. Flowers are 7-9 mm long, petals about 7.5 mm across. Capsules are 7-8 mm long, cylindrical, black. Seeds fusiform, enclosed in loose fibrous hairs. Lanceleaf Leptodermis is found in Temperate Himalayas, from Kashmir to Nepal, Bhutan and Assam, at altitudes of 2000-3500 m. Flowering: May-June.

Identification credit: Gurcharan Singh Photographed on Govindghat-Ghangria route & Mussoorie-Chakrata Road, Uttarakhand.

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