Spiraea prunifolia Siebold & Zucc., Fl. Jap. 1: 131-132, pl. 70 131 1835. (Syn: Spiraea prunifolia var. plena C.K. Schneid.; Spiraea thunbergii var. prunifolia (Sieb. & Zucc.) Wenzig);
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Deciduous shrub, up to 1.8 m tall with slender arching branches, finely pubescent when young; leaves ovate-elliptic, 25-45 mm long, finely toothed, softly pubescent beneath; flowers white, double, 9-12 mm in diam, in sessile 3-6 flowered umbels; pedicels 12-25 mm long, bracts leaf-like, 5-7 mm long; hypanthium hairy outside, shorter than sepals; sepals triangular-ovate, 1.5-2 mm long; petals white longer than sepals, obovate to suborbicular.
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Spiraea prunifolia Schneid., Ill. Handb. Laubholzk. 1(4): 450 450 1905.  var. prunifolia
Common name: Bridal Wrealth
Deciduous shrub, up to 1.8 m tall with slender arching branches, finely pubescent when young; leaves ovate-elliptic, 25-45 mm long, finely toothed, softly pubescent beneath; flowers white, double, 9-12 mm in diam, in sessile 3-6 flowered umbels; pedicels 12-25 mm long, bracts leaf-like, 5-7 mm long; hypanthium hairy outside, shorter than sepals; sepals triangular-ovate, 1.5-2 mm long; petals white longer than sepals, obovate to suborbicular.
Often planted in gardens, photographed from above Cheshma Shahi and Harwan Garden in Kashmir.


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I had photographed this plant in May this year, knowing that I had seen this plant earlier but could not place it. Aarti ji also uploaded this plant but I could not help her. Today while scanning and making pdf file of my old publications, I stumbled upon this plant from this entry:

“A deciduous shrub with slender branches, 2-5 cm long denticulate leaves, flowers white, double in sessile umbels”
and I knew, I had my plant. The plant was originally recognised as Spiraea prunifolia var. plena Schneid., but is now considered merely as type variety. I had compiled this paper in 1975 published only in 1983, as I had left for Delhi in 1975.
Spiraea prunifolia Schneid., Ill. Handb. Laubholzk. 1(4): 450 450 1905. var. prunifolia
Common name: Bridal Wrealth
Deciduous shrub, up to 1.8 m tall with slender arching branches, finely pubescent when young; leaves ovate-elliptic, 25-45 mm long, finely toothed, softly pubescent beneath; flowers white, double, 9-12 mm in diam, in sessile 3-6 flowered umbels; pedicels 12-25 mm long, bracts leaf-like, 5-7 mm long; hypanthium hairy outside, shorter than sepals; sepals triangular-ovate, 1.5-2 mm long; petals white longer than sepals, obovate to suborbicular.
Often planted in gardens, photographed from above Cheshma Shahi and Harwan Garden in Kashmir.

I am also enclosing the paper so that any one visiting Kashmir may be benefitted.


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For ID 21052012CS1: Location: Chasme shahe, Srinagar
Observed behind the garden. Many bushes were in full bloom. Looking like temple prasad balls


I have yet to identify this one, was already drying when I clicked it.



I think none of these … This one has double flowers almost globose in shape.


I am attaching one more image of the same


I hope Spiraea prunifolia



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