Smoketree Leaved Viburnum
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Smoketree Leaved Viburnum
ative Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Smoketree Leaved Viburnum • Hindi: Bhatnoi, Bhutool, Dab, Goniya, Taliana • Lahaul: Khimata
Botanical name: Viburnum cotinifolium    Family: Viburnaceae (Viburnum family)

Smoketree Leaved Viburnum is a spreading shrub growing up to 3 m, found high on the Himalayas. Its young leaves are downy but wear smooth, remaining grey and woolly beneath, ovate in shape, and 4 1/2 inches long by 2 1/2 wide. Young shoots and underside of leaves covered with white wooly star-shaped hairs. Leaves ovate-rounded blunt, base often heart-shaped. The leaf margin may be toothed or entire. Leaves are impressed with veins above. The flower-clusters appear in May and June upon short woolly stalks, the small white flowers flushed with pink, and succeeded by bright scarlet berries. Flowers occur in dense, domed clusters at the end of branches. Flowers are short tubular with stamens protruding out. Smoketree Leaved Viburnum is found in the Himalayas, from Kashmir to Bhutan, at altitudes of 2100-3600 m. Flowering: March-May.

Identification credit: Nongthombam Ullysess Photographed in Dhanaulti, Uttarakhand.

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