Nepal Hypericum
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Nepal Hypericum
P Native Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Nepal Hypericum • Nepali: युरिलो Yurilo
Botanical name: Hypericum uralum    Family: Hypericaceae (Hypercum family)
Synonyms: Hypericum nepalense K. Koch, Norysca urala

Nepal Hypericum is a shrub 0.3-1.8 m tall, bushy, with golden yellow flowers 1.5-3 cm in diameter. Sepals are 3.5-9 mm long, oblong or elliptic to obovate-spoon-shaped, rounded, entire, appressed in bud, ascending in fruit. Petals are broadly obovate to obovate-circular, 9-18 mm long, 2-4 times longer than the stamens. Stamens 40-60 in each fascicle. Ovary 3-5 mm long; styles 0.7-0.9 times as long as the ovary, free, curving throughout or only near tip. Flowers are borne in 1-3-flowered cymes, at branch ends and often also lateral. Stems are arching, frondose; branches 4-lined or 4-angled at first, eventually round. Leaves are nearly stalkless, blade 1.4-4 cm long, 4-24 mm broad, lanceshaped to ovate, tip pointed to rounded-apiculate, base narrowly or rarely broadly wedge-shaped, venation laxly netveined blunt. Capsule is 7-11 mm long, broadly ovoid to spherical, without vittae or vesicles. Nepal Hypericum is found in the Himalayas, from Kashmir to Nepal, Bhutan, SW China, Burma, Thailand and Sumatra, at altitudes of 1500-3600 m. Flowering: April-September.

Identification credit: J.M. Garg, Saroj Kasaju Photographed in Gangtok, Sikkim & Shimla, Himachal Pradesh.

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