Common name: Smoketree Leaved Viburnum • Hindi: Bhatnoi, Bhutool, Dab, Goniya, Taliana • Lahaul: Khimata
Botanical name: Viburnum cotinifolium Family: Caprifoliaceae (Honeysuckle family)
Smoketree Leaved Viburnum is a spreading shrub growing up to 3 m, found
high on the Himalayas. It was initially in the honeysuckle family,
but now has been moved to the Adoxa family. 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.|