Himalayan Baneberry
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Himalayan Baneberry
ative Photo: Suresh Rana
Common name: Himalayan Baneberry • Hindi: Mamira • Kannada: ವಿಷಫಲ Vishaphala
Botanical name: Actaea spicata var. acuminata    Family: Ranunculaceae (Buttercup family)
Synonyms: Actaea acuminata

Himalayan Baneberry is a plant distinguished by its cylindrical cluster of numerous white flowers at the top, and its large ternate twice cut leaves with lanceshaped prominently sharp-toothed leaflets. Flower clusters are 3-5 cm long, flowers about 1 cm across, petals soon falling off. Stamens are prominent, white much longer, and form much of the size of the flower. Leaves are about 40 cm, the upper ones smaller. Stems are 2-3 ft tall. Flowers are followed by clusters of black shining, stalked berries each 1 cm across. Himalayan Baneberry is found in the Himalayas, from Afghanistan to SE Tibet, at altitudes of 2400-3600 m. Flowering: May-August.

Identification credit: Suresh Rana Photographed in Paddar Valley, Jammu & Kashmir.

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