Maddenia himalaica Hook. f. & Thomson, Hooker’s J. Bot. Kew Gard. Misc. 6: 381, pl. 12 381 1854. (Syn: Maddenia himalaica var. glabrifolia H. Hara);
 
 
 
 
 

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Date/Time-…………………………………………10th April. Afternoon.

Location- Place, Altitude, GPS-……………….North of Lachung. Sikkim. Pretty high.
Habitat- Garden/ Urban/ Wild/ Type-…. …….Growing wild on the mountainside.
Plant Habit- Tree/ Shrub/ Climber/ Herb- ……Shrub.

Height/Length-……………………………………..Sorry can’t remember.
Leaves Type/ Shape/ Size-… see pics.
Inflorescence Type/ Size-……see pics

Flowers Size/ Colour/ Calyx/ Bracts-……see pics


I am sure someone must recognise this dainty attractive shrub.


Today I received a new book… “Flowers of Western China” by
Christopher Grey-Wilson and Philip Cribb.

In it was a picture of Maddenia himalaica.
I am 99.9% sure that this is my shrub.
Is any one familiar with it and can confirm this?
http://www.plantgenera.org/species.php?id_species=633091&lay_out=1&language=


Does look like Maddenia himalaica Hook.f. & Thomson to me. and thanks for sharing the original illustration.
By the way, Flora of Whole of China is available on the net as pdf, in multi volumes. Check out for eflora of China.


It really was a very dainty attractive shrub.
I have checked the web link for e flora China …Maddenia. Trouble is my botanical language is not up to interpreting the words with my images!
http://www.efloras.org/florataxon.aspx?flora_id=2&taxon_id=200010892


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UNID Plants on Dzongri Trek: N. Sikkim, Small Tree : Attachments (1).  9 posts by 4 authors.

Pls ID this small tree 3-5 m tall. Racemes about 4 cm. Found at Tsokha camp near human settlement at 3000 m elevation in April.


How about Maddenia himalaica?


Thanks for the lead. It is Rosaceae no doubt but the pic in Flowers of Himalaya seems to be showing wilted flowers and the plant that I saw was leafless. Since this was found near human settlement, I presume that fruits are edible.


Not sure what you mean about the plant being leafless as the plant in your photo has leaves forming. Maddenia leaves unfurl with the flowers. Your plant is Maddenia himalaica.


 
 
 
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