Beautyberry Tree
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Beautyberry Tree
ative Photo: Tabish
Common name: Beautyberry Tree • Adi: Lalu • Assamese: bonmola, gunmola, khoja • Bengali: bormala • Garo: khimbar, moskhanchi • Hindi: ghiwala, kumhar • Khasi: dieng lakhiot • Manipuri: ꯃꯣꯟꯗꯣꯜ Mondol • Mizo: hnahkiah • Naga: mukhuang • Oriya: hnahkiah, subornni • Tangkhul: Chicothing • Urdu: bhantal buti sabz • Nepali: गुरेन Guren, मास गेड़े Maas Gede, घुंयेलो Ghunualo, फुल्त्सुम Fultsum, ठुलो गुंयेलो Thulo Guyenlo
Botanical name: Callicarpa arborea    Family: Verbenaceae (Verbena family)

Beautyberry Tree is a tree about 8 m tall. Branchlets, inflorescences, and flower-stalks are densely velvet-hairy. Leaves are elliptic, oblong-elliptic, or ovate, 13-37 x 7-13 cm, leathery, densely yellow-brown velvety on the underside, dark green and shiny above, base wedge-shaped to rounded, margin entire. Purple flowers are borne in cymes 6-11 cm across. Cymes are carried on 4-angled stalks, longer than leaf-stalks. Sepal tube is cup-shaped, outside densely gray velvety. Flowers are purple, about 3 mm. Stamens much longer than flower-tube. Ovary is densely velvety. Fruit is purple-brown, about 2 mm in diameter. Beautyberry Tree is found in the Himalayas, from Kumaun to Bhutan, India, Burma, S. China, Indo-China and Malaya, at altitudes of 250-2000 m. Flowering: May-July.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in Chandel district, Manipur & Rakha mines forest, Jharkhand.

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