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ative Photo: Amlendu Pathak
Common name: Parrotia
Botanical name: Parrotiopsis jacquemontiana    Family: Hamamelidaceae (Witch-hazel family)
Synonyms: Parrotia jacquemontiana

Parrotia is a plants up to 5 m tall. Leaves are obovate or nearly circular, with margins toothed. Flowers are borne in short-stalked, many flowered clusters. Sepal cup is persistent, densely velvety, vell-shaped, lobed. Sepals are small. Stamens are 15, filaments 3-4 mm long, erect. Ovary is densely woolly. Fruits are capsular, clustered. Seed are ellipsoid, about 6 mm long, brown, shining. Parrotia is a common plant in the hills in Kashmir at altitudes of 1200-2800 m, very often growing gregariously. Leaves sometimes have insect galls on them. The wood is strong and is commonly used for making handles, walking sticks, bedsteads etc. The twigs are used for making baskets. Flowering: March-May.

Identification credit: Amit Kumar
Photographed in Dachigam National Park, Kashmir.
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