Skimmia laureola (DC.) Siebold & Zucc. ex Walp., Repert. Bot. Syst. 5: 405 405 1845. (Syn: Limonia laureola DC.);
E. Himalaya to SE. Tibet and Myanmar: Assam, East Himalaya, Myanmar, Tibet as per POWO;
India: Temperate forests of E. Himalayas at elevations 2125 – 3950 m. W. Bengal, Sikkim and Nagaland; Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar and China as per BSI Flora of India;
Very popular in NW Himalayas as Ner Patar. Leaves used as incense, are burnt to purify the air.

Skimmia laureola is species of shrub grown as an ornamental plant.

The leaves are edible when cooked. The leaves give an aromatic smell when crushed.
It produces white flowers that develop into small round red berries.
The berries are eaten by birds, which disperse the seeds through their droppings. S. laureola is also used in bonsai.
Its distribution ranges from northern China to the Northern Himalayas. They are grown in Vietnam.
(From Wikipedia on 2.10.14)


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photo taken in during trek in Sikkim, above Yuksum at the height of 8000 feet .

I guess Skimmea laureola

Yes Skimmia laureola from Rutaceae a strongly fragrant herb used in dhoop and inscences in Himalayan region !




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