Mongolian Gooseberry
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Mongolian Gooseberry
P Native Unknown Photo: Anzar Khuroo
Common name: Mongolian Gooseberry
Botanical name: Ribes heterotrichum    Family: Grossulariaceae (Gooseberry family)
Synonyms: Grossularia adenophylla

Mongolian Gooseberry is a prostrate shrub, 50-90 cm tall, young branches glandular hairy, older ones hairless. Dark-purplish flowers are borne in racemes 2.5-5 cm long, male racemes many flowered, female ones 4-6-flowered, velvet-hairy sparsely or totally glandular. Bracts are 2.5-4 mm long, lanceshaped, longer than the flower-stalks. Sepal-cup is purple or dark purple, slightly hairy, sepals 2 mm long, broadly ovate, blunt. Petals are smaller than the sepals, spoon-shaped. Style bifid. Leaves are 1.5-2 cm long, 1-3 cm broad, round-kidney-shaped base broadly wedge-shaped or heart-shaped, obscurely 3-5-lobed, margin slightly toothed, covered both dorsally and ventrally with stalkless or stipitate glands; leaf-stalks longer than the blade, glandular hairy. Mongolian Gooseberry is found in Central Asia, Mongolia, Pamir-Kashgar, W. Pakistan, and probably Kashmir, at altitudes of 2900-3800 m.

Identification credit: Anzar Khuroo, J.M. Garg Photographed in Kashmir.

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