Oblong-Petal Dogwood
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Oblong-Petal Dogwood
ative Photo: Krishan Lal
Common name: Oblong-Petal Dogwood • Nepali: लाटो काठ Laato Kaath, काली काठ Kaali Kaath
Botanical name: Cornus oblonga    Family: Cornaceae (Dogwood family)
Synonyms: Swida oblonga, Yinquania oblonga

Oblong-Petal Dogwood is an evergreen tree, 6-10 m tall. Leaves are oppositely arranged, decussate, 6.5-13.5 cm long, 1.5-3 cm broad, oblong-eliptic to oblong-lanceshaped, tip long-pointed. Upper surface is usually hairless but velvety in young leaves, underside is velvety. Leaf-stalks are 1-2 cm long. Flowers are borne in branched flat-topped clusters at branch ends. Involucral bracts are 2-3 mm long, ovate-lanceolate. Flower-stalks, peduncles, sepals and underside of petals is hairy. Calyx is toothed, persistent. Petals are 4 mm long, oblong pointed. Anthers are 2 mm long, filaments as long as the petals. Style are about 3 mm long, linear. Fruit is 8-5 mm long and 4 mm broad, ovoid to globoid, almost hairless. Oblong-Petal Dogwood is found inthe Himalayas, at altitudes of 800-3700 m. Flowering: September-December.

Identification credit: Krishan Lal Photographed in Sirmaur Distt, Himachal Pradesh.

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