Hydrangea anomala D. Don, Prodr. Fl. Nepal. 211 211 1825. (Syn: Hydrangea altissima Wall.; Hydrangea anomala var. sericea C.C. Yang; Hydrangea glabra Hayata; Hydrangea glaucophylla C.C. Yang; Hydrangea glaucophylla var. sericea (C.C. Yang) C.F. Wei);
I have been seeing this climber on trees on a couple of mountain trails. The flower cluster is aromatic and the sterile flowers light green. It looks like a wild hydrangea to me, Hydrangea anomala perhaps. Please advise.
Above Mcleodganj, Dharamshala, HP
05 and 08 May, 2016.
Yes H.anomala to me. Excellent pictures of this temperate woody climber.
Above Dal Lake, Dharamshala, HP
29 April 2017
Confirmed by … last year as H.anomala
Thank you … I missed that reply somehow. My thanks to … too.
Pl. also check with
Is Hydrangea robusta also found in Himachal as per local flora ?
yes it is H. anomala syn H. altissima not common though.
Kalatope id al240511: 7 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (2)
A creeper this time for id.. grows only on Deodar trees
Location Kalatope, Chamba
Looks like Hydrangea, there are several climbing species of Hydrangea found in Himalayas
Perhaps Hydrangea anomala D. Don (syn: H. altissima Wall.
Hydrangea aspera Buch.-Ham. ex D. Don ??? : 4 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (4)
I think it appears closer to illustration & images of Hydrangea anomala at
rather than Hydrangea aspera or other species
Also see keys at
for identification, mm2 23072018 : 6 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (2)
Hydrangea species most likely Hydrangea aspera.
Many thanks for sending me in the right direction. H. aspera has purplish or white infertile flowers, this particular one has yellowish so it probably is H. Heteromalla.
is this a shrub or a climber??? –if a shrub, did you think of hydrangea heteromalla
I think it appears closer to illustration & images of Hydrangea anomala as per images and details herein and as per at
rather than Hydrangea aspera
Also see keys at
Hydrangea heteromalla D. Don (no observation so far in efi site) appears close to Hydrangea anomala as per illustrations at
But going by hairiness of the plant and altitude, I am more inclined towards Hydrangea anomala as per
SK1911 12 May 2019 : 14 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (7) – around 700 kb each.
Location: Phulchoki, Lalitpur, Nepal
Altitude: 2376 m.
Date: 8 May 2019
Habit : Wild
I guess it may be genus Hydrangea, though inflorescence appears different.. open flower may solve the doubts.
Not sure > Could not match according to listing at ACFPN.
To me looks different from images at Hydrangea
It is looking like Hydrangea anomala. (I have confusion & I am not sure)
Thank you …, I shall try to check if I can go there again. It could be since it is recorded in Phulchoki according to the book.
Please Check Dicroa of Hydrangeaceae
Thanks, … I think it may be Hydrangea anomala D. Don
Yes … it is not Dichroa.
Okay. Thanks for letting me know.
A bit late to re-visit the location and unable to find flowering, however I could get some fruiting images Hope, this will validate the ID.
A member of Araliaceae, not sure which genus.
It is already identified as Hydrangea anomala. Please check earlier mail.
Closest seems to be Hydrangea anomala D. Don as per FOC illustrations (although images shown here appears to be of dried fruits) for species found in Nepal below:
Thank you …!
Nepali Name: बाउनी काठ Baaunee Kaath
Hydrangea anomala D.Don: 4 high res. images.
Location: Suyada, Jajarkot, West Nepal
Date: 30 May 2023
Habit : Wild
Nepali Name : बाउनी काठ Baaunee Kaath