Sorbus foliolosa (Wall.) Spach, Hist. Nat. Vég. 2: 96 (1834) (syn: Photinia foliolosa Wall. ex Koehne; Pyrus wenzigiana (C.K.Schneid.) Bennet & Raizada; Sorbus foliolosa var. wenzigiana (C.K.Schneid.) Rushforth; Sorbus foliosa Wenz.; Sorbus ursina var. wenzigiana C.K.Schneid.; Sorbus wenzigiana (C.K.Schneid.) Koehne);
Himalaya to China (Yunnan) and Myanmar: Assam, China South-Central, East Himalaya, Myanmar, Nepal, Tibet, West Himalaya as per POWO;
Common name: Small Leaf Rowan

Flora of Uttarakhand- Tree1 for Id- JM:
Wild tree captured on 13/8/10 during the trek from Ghangaria (around 11,000 ft.) to Hemkunt Sahib (around 14000 ft.).

This should be Sorbus wallichii, which has pinnate leaves with leaflets which are blue-green beneath, with a prominent rib. Fruit has persistent sepals. 

Taking it as Sorbus foliolosa (Wall.) Spach as per distribution.


Request for Confirmation of Sorbus Species: 3 images.
Please check attached images of Sorbus.

Captured – Bhaderwah JK
alt – 3400m approx.
October 2020

Among Sorbus cashmiriana Hedl., Sorbus foliolosa (Wall.) Spach and Sorbus microphylla (Wall. ex Hook.f.) Wenz. , third one looks close.
Please wait for other members opinion.

This appears close to Sorbus foliolosa (Wall.) Spach as per Sorbus foliolosa vs Sorbus microphylla

Sorbus sp.
Many thanks to … for the probable ID (aucuparia / foliolosa) in my earlier post.
at Valley of Flowers on August 2, 2012

Fruits seem to have bluish tinge but I can’t count more than 10 pairs of leaflets (7-12 pairs in S. aucuparia, 10-15 in S. foliosa) underside of leaf (white in S. aucuparia, rusty brown in S. foliosa) would be decisive.

Many many thanks … for resurfacing the query, and for the genus ID.
I think it is best to stay with genus ID of Sorbus sp. – because the photos do not show the required aspects to reach the species ID. They are long shots, due to the plant being at great distance.

This appears close to Sorbus foliolosa (Wall.) Spach as per images and details herein.


VoF Week :: DV :: 02 AUG 12 – 1025 :: fruiting shrub at Valley of Flowers: 2 images.
2 AUG 12
Valley of Flowers … about 11500 ft

Habitat: sloping meadow
Habit: shrub, about 3 – 4 m high; fruit about 2 – 2.5 cm across (not sure)

Sorbus aucuparia (inflorescence branches and leaves beneath glabrous) or S. foliolosa (infl and leaves below red tomentose).
Close up of leaf or infl should help.

This was a distant shot, …
So, am happy with knowing the genus.
Next trip, will visit this plant.

This appears close to Sorbus foliolosa (Wall.) Spach as per images and details herein.


VOF Week 310812_DS_05:
Can the tree be identified from this single picture. In the main valley.

Probable IDs from … at efi thread
Sorbus aucuparia (inflorescence branches and leaves beneath glabrous) or S. foliolosa (infl and leaves below red tomentose).

This appears close to Sorbus foliolosa (Wall.) Spach as per images and details herein.


Sorbus foliolosa vs Sorbus microphylla:
Due to confusion on the net, trying to figure out the difference between the two as per Flora of China description:
Sorbus microphylla (Wallich ex J. D. Hooker) Wenzig

Shrubs or small trees, 2–5 m tall. Branchlets reddish brown when young, grayish brown when old, terete, puberulous when young, with sparse, oblong or suborbicular lenticels; buds conical or ovoid, 5–7(–8) mm, apex acuminate and puberulous; scales several, reddish brown. Leaves imparipinnate, together with rachis 11–14 cm; petiole 1–1.5 cm; stipules lanceolate or subulate-lanceolate, 4–6 mm, submembranous, margin entire or slightly 2-lobed; rachis slender, adaxially grooved with reddish glands at base of leaflet, ± brown puberulous, glabrous when old, narrowly winged; leaflet blades 10–17(–19) pairs, at intervals of 5–8 mm, pale abaxially, dark green adaxially, linear-oblong, 0.7–1.5(–2) cm × 4–8 mm, both surfaces glabrous, or abaxially with brown hairs only along midvein when young, base obliquely rounded, margin sparsely sharply serrate, apex obtuse or acute. Compound corymbs terminal, 2–4(–6) cm, laxly flowered; rachis and pedicels glabrous, rarely brown puberulous; bracts narrowly lanceolate, smaller than stipules, submembranous. Pedicel 6–9 mm. Flowers 7–10 mm in diam. Hypanthium dark purplish black, broadly campanulate, 2–3 mm, glabrous. Sepals triangular, 1.5–2 mm, apex acute, rarely ± obtuse. Petals pink, suborbicular, 3–4 mm, glabrous, base shortly clawed. Stamens ca. 20, slightly shorter than petals; filaments rose; anthers nearly purplish black. Styles 5, ca. as long as stamens, pubescent basally. Fruit white or flushed pink or crimson, globose or ovoid, 8–10(–12) mm in diam., glabrous, without lenticels, with persistent erect sepals; seeds blackish, oblong-ovoid, 3–4 mm. Fl. May–Jun, fr. Sep–Oct.
Forests or shrubby thickets in valleys or along river banks; 3000–4000 m. E Xizang (Gongbo’gyamda Xian), NW Yunnan [Afghanistan, Bhutan, NE India, N Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Sikkim].Sorbus foliolosa (Wallich) Spach
Shrubs or small trees, 1–4 m tall. Branchlets brownish to grayish brown, terete, densely rusty pubescent when young, glabrescent, with oblong lenticels; buds ovoid, 4–6 mm, apex obtuse; scales several, brown, glabrous or rusty puberulous apically. Leaves imparipinnate, together with rachis 7–12 cm; petiole 1.5–2 cm; stipules caducous, linear-lanceolate, 4–8 mm, margin entire or serrate; rachis shallowly sulcate, slightly rusty puberulous, narrowly winged; leaflet blades (4–)6–9 pairs, subleathery, at intervals of 0.8–1.2 cm, dark green adaxially, oblong-elliptic or oblong, 2–3.5(–4.5) × 0.8–1.4 cm, lateral veins slender, abaxially slightly pubescent, rusty puberulous or subglabrous along midvein, glabrous, rarely pubescent, base obliquely rounded, margin sharply few toothed apically. Compound corymbs 4.5–10 cm in diam., many flowered; rachis and pedicels with rusty hairs and oblong lenticels; bracts caducous, linear, 1–3 mm. Pedicel 1–2 mm or indistinct. Flowers 6–9 mm in diam. Hypanthium campanulate or obconic, glabrous or slightly pubescent. Sepals triangular, glabrous, apex obtuse or acute. Petals white, ovate to broadly obovate, 2–3 mm, base shortly clawed. Stamens 20, shorter than petals. Styles 2 or 3(or 4), free at base, glabrous. Fruit red, globose or ovoid, 4–6 mm in diam., with sparse small lenticels; sepals persistent; seeds brownish, 1–2 mm. Fl. Apr–Jun, fr. Sep–Oct. 2n = 68.
Mixed forests, stream sides; 2500–4200 m. SE Xizang, Yunnan [Bhutan, N India, N Myanmar, Nepal, Sikkim].


Sorbus wallichii in FOI:
I think your images of Sorbus wallichii in FOI are of Sorbus foliolosa (Wall.) Spach as per images and details herein.
S. wallichii does not have distribution in the area as per POWO and BSI Flora of India.
Pl. correct.

I think you are right. I have removed the images for now.


For Id Validation- Sorbaria sorbifolia from Churdhar, H.P.: 7 images.

This shrub was seen in initial stage of flowering during our tour in August 2015 to Churdhar area of Himachal Pradesh.
I consider this can be a Sorbaria sorbifolia..
Your views, please..

Not very confident….but try S. microphylla (Flowers of the Himalaya: Polunin and Stainton)

I think does not matches with images as per

I think, it is Sorbus foliolosa.
Flartopped, leaves imparipinnate

Id is confirmed as Sorbus foliolosa..

Yes, appears close as per images at


POWO  Catalogue of Life  Flora of China  Annotated checklist of Flowering plants of Nepal  Flowers of India  GBIF  BSI Flora of India Checklist

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