Smallflower Spirea
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Smallflower Spirea
P Native Photo: Tabish
Common name: Smallflower Spirea
Botanical name: Spiraea micrantha    Family: Rosaceae (Rose family)
Synonyms: Spiraea japonica subsp. micrantha, Spiraea brumalis, Spiraea japonica var. himalaica

Smallflower Spirea a branched shrub 1-1.5 m tall, with leaves ovate-lanceshaped 4-15 x 2-5 cm, gradually tapering, base narrow, margin usually coarsely doubly sawtoothed; leaf-stalks up to 1 cm. Flowers are borne in very long spreading panicles 8-20 cm broad. Flowers are 4-6 mm across, petals white or pink. Disk glands are large. Seedpods are 1.5-2 mm, velvet-hairy. Smallflower Spirea is found in the Himalayas, from Nepal to Bhutan, NE India, at altitudes of 1400-3000 m. Flowering: June-August.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in Tawang distt., Arunachal Pradesh.

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