Leycesteria stipulata (Hook. f. & Thomson) Fritsch, Nat. Pflanzenfam. 4(4): 169 169 1891. (Syn: Lonicera stipulata Hook. f. & Thomson; Pentapyxis stipulata (Hook. f. & Thomson) Hook. f. ex C.B. Clarke);
Unknown shrub.: Please can you identify this large rather straggly shrub.
It could be Trema sp, Most probably T tomentosa
Yes I too had a wild guess that this could be species of Trema.
With … lead and with the help of the following link, I think … is correct in saying this could be Trema tomentosa of Cannabaceae family.
Thank you … and … for you suggestion.
However, mystery shrub has opposite leaves.. while Trema tomentosa has alternate leaves.
Yes I didn’t notice that and not only that, I think, I didn’t examine the close up of flower picture carefully.
I really appreciate your effort in cross checking based on the suggestions.
Now, I have a second thought based on the flower/inflorescence close up pictures that, could this be a plant belong to the family Rubiaceae?
Opposite leaves, interpetiolar stipules, pentamerous flower, epipetalous stamens exerted stigma which is capitate, all forced me to think of a Rubiacean element in it.
Thank you … for the suggestion of the family Rubiaceae.
It may be a Lasianthus species, not sure but.
I have had a look on www but am unable to find any Lasianthus with the small leaflet on the top, between the pairs of leaves.
Thanks for the lead … I too think that this is Lasianthus andmost probably this could be Lasianthus micranthus of Rubiaceae family.
Please check the same @ http://www.efloras.org/florataxon.aspx?flora_id=2&taxon_id=117649
Thank you … for the suggestion of Lasianthus micranthus.
Reading about it, it does seem to be very variable.
I am not clever enough to understand the technical terminology… so am not sure if this is my shrub or not. I do much better with visual aids and photos!
I have searched on www and found a herbarium specimen from Kew.
I cannot see the small semi circular leaflet that was grows on the stem between the pairs of leaves, or the pair of stipules that show on my images.
Hmm! Just not sure…….
Pl also check these Kew holdings. They seem to have similar features to that of our plant (are we checking in right genus?). Let’s wait for more comments from members.
isn’t style 3-5 branched for Lasianthus?
Agreed, … Thank you.
FOC says ….style linear stigma lobes 3-9.
Please refer the following link as well
I really appreciate all your help and do not wish to appear ungrateful.
I think … wanted to only compare the stigmas in “Lasianthus” and in the plant in discussion.
Maybe some kind soul be willing to collect a live specimen from Tiger Hill, and take it to the Herbarium at the Lloyd Botanic Garden. Hopefully the local botanists there would be able to give an accurate
id of a very very common shrub in their local area.
I have been trying AGAIN to id this and think at long last I may have it!
It has been suggested in the past it was Leycesteria.
How about Leycesteria stipulata???
It used to be Lonicera stipulata. (The way it was growing reminded me very much of a shrubby honeysuckle.)
I even found a link to say it is common in Ghoom.
However, the only really good pics on www are on a Chinese web site that I cannot copy to here as they must be private.
Expert opinion please.
Congrats! Finally you got the correct id, I think!
You have provided me the final piece of the jigsaw.! Brilliant. That is it.
I tried to find a herbarium specimen on www with no luck. Thank you.
I cannot tell you just how thrilled I am to have finally got this shrub positively id.