Tibetan Gogan
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Tibetan Gogan
P Native Photo: Momang Taram
Common name: Tibetan Gogan • Adi: Anpum
Botanical name: Saurauia sinohirsuta    Family: Actinidiaceae (Kiwifruit family)
Synonyms: Saurauia hirsute

Tibetan Gogan is a shrub or small tree, 3-5 m tall. It is quite similar to Parbatia Sengunia. Flowers arise singly in leaf-axils on young branchlets; flower-stalks are 1-1.3 cm, hairy; bracts about 4 mm. Sepals are crimson, ovate to oblong, 8-10 mm, densely hairy. Petals are pink, spoon-shaped-oblong, 1.1-1.2 cm. Stamens are 50-90, 3-4 mm long. Ovary is nearly spherical, hairy, styles 4. Young branches are hairy, old branches becoming hairless to hairless. Leaves are obovate, 15-25 x 9-15 cm, softly leathery, below densely appressed-hairy,hairs on midvein and lateral veins thicker, above sparsely setulose, hairs on midvein and lateral veins longer, lateral veins about 18 pairs, base blunt, margin densely bristly-sawtoothed, tip shortly pointed. Tibetan Gogan is found in semi-evergreen forests on mountains, at altitudes of 800-1700 m, in Tibet and Arunachal Pradesh.

Identification credit: Dipankar Borah Photographed in Upper Siang distt, Arunachal Pradesh.

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