Wavy-Leaf Himalayan Cherry
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Wavy-Leaf Himalayan Cherry
P Native Photo: M. Sawmliana
Common name: Wavy-Leaf Himalayan Cherry • Mizo: Theiarlung
Botanical name: Prunus undulata    Family: Rosaceae (Rose family)
Synonyms: Lauro-cerasus undulata, Cerasus undulata, Prunus integerrima

Wavy-Leaf Himalayan Cherry is a shrubs or tree, 5-16 m tall. Branchlets are grayish brown to purplish brown, hairless, with indistinct small lenticels. Leaf-stalks are 5-10 mm, hairless, without nectaries; leaf blade elliptic to oblong-lanceshaped, 6-15 x 3-5 cm, herbaceous to thinly leathery, both surfaces hairless, below usually with a pair of small flat nectaries near base and sometimes additional small nectaries in many rows parallel to midvein especially in basal part of leaf, above shiny, base broadly wedge-shaped to somewhat rounded, margin entire or rarely with a few teeth apically from middle, tip tapering; secondary veins are 6-9 on either side of midvein, spreading and arched, below slightly raised. Flowers are borne in racemes which are single or 2-4 in a fascicle, 5-10 cm, 10-30-flowered or more. Flower-stalks are 2-5 mm, hairless. Sepal cup is broadly bell-shaped, outside hairless. Sepals are ovate-triangular, outside hairless, tip blunt. Petals are yellowish white, elliptic to obovate, 2-4 mm. Stamens are 10-30, 3-4 mm. Style is shorter than stamens. Cherry is purplish black, ovoid-spherical to ellipsoid, 1-1.6 x 0.7-1.1 cm, hairless, tip pointed to blunt. Wavy-Leaf Himalayan Cherry is found in Nepal, East Himalaya to SE China and SE Asia, at altitudes of 500-3600 m. Flowering: August-October.

Identification credit: M. Sawmliana Photographed in Ailawng, Mizoram.

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