Himalayan Silver Fir
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Himalayan Silver Fir
ative Photo: Ishwari Datt Rai
Common name: Himalayan Silver Fir, East Himalayan Fir • Hindi: Talispatra, Talispatri, Tapis patra, Kanda morinda, • Kannada: ತಾಳೀಸಪತ್ರೆ Taaleesapatre, ತಾಳೇಶಪತ್ರೆ Taaleshapatre, ತಾಳಿಸಪತ್ರೆ Taalisapatre • Malayalam: talisapatram • Nepali: गोब्रे सल्ला Gobre Sallaa, तालिस पत्र Taalis Patra • Sanskrit: talisam, talisapatra, talisapatram • Tamil: talisapatri • Telugu: thaalespathri
Botanical name: Abies spectabilis    Family: Pinaceae (Pine family)
Synonyms: Pinus spectabilis, Pinus webbiana

Himalayan Silver Fir is a pyramidal tree, growing up to 50 m or more tall. Upper branches are horizontal. Bark is dark grey, deeply grooved. Leaves are linear, up to 4 cm long, flattened with incurved margin. Young branchlets have hairy grooves. Cones are erect, cylindrical, 10-20 cm long, dark purple. Himalayan Silver Fir is found in the Himalayas, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Uttarakhand to Nepal, at altitudes of 2800-4000 m. Flowering: April-June.

Identification credit: Ishwari Datt Rai Photographed in Western Himalayas.

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