Aspidopterys nutans (Roxb. ex DC.) Juss., Ann. Sci. Nat., Bot. II, 13: 267 1840. (syn: Aspidopterys lanuginosa (Wall.) A.Juss.; Hiraea lanuginosa Wall.; Hiraea nutans Roxb. ex DC.);
Himalaya to China (Yunnan) and Indo-China: Assam, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China South-Central, East Himalaya, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal, Thailand, Tibet, West Himalaya as per POWO;
Climbing shrubs, up to 6 m tall; slender, rusty tomentose. Leaves simple, opposite, decussate; petioles ca. 1.5-3 cm, densely grey-white pubescent; lamina ca. 6-25 x 2.5-8 cm, ovate, elliptic or orbicular, acute or obtuse at base, rounded or acute at apex, entire, subcoriaceous; secondary nerves 5-6 pairs. Inflorescences in axillary or terminal lax panicles ca. 14-30 cm long; Flowers small ca. 8 mm across, pale-yellow; peduncles ca. 2-5 cm long; bracts subulate; sepals ca. 1.5 mm, ovate or broadly elliptic, apex rounded, pubescent; petals ca. 4-5 × 2-3 mm, oblong-obovate, stamens ca. 4 x 2.5 cm, oblong; filaments ca. 1.5 mm long; anthers ca. 1 mm long, ovoid; ovary villous; styles 3, free. Samara ca. 3-4 x 2-3 cm, brown, elliptic to orbicular-oblong, slightly narrow above, retuse at apex. Seed white sericeous; persistent disk shallowly 3-lobed; stalk longer than lobes of disk.
Flowering: August-November. Fruiting: November-December
In primary forests, roadsides; 400-700 m; common.
(Attributions- Ayyappan. N & V. Kokilavani, French Institute of Pondicherry, Compiled from various sources listed in the reference as per India Biodiversity Portal)
SK 3104 03 November 2021: 7 very high res. images.
Location: Surkhet, West Nepal
Date: 29 August 2021
Habit : Wild
Oh my god ! What a clue …!
I guess it is Aspidopterys nutans (Roxb. ex DC.) A.Juss. which is listed in the Book of Karnali Province.
Yes, it appears so.
Flora of China keys says “Leaf blade abaxially sericeous pubescent.” for A.nutans.
BSI Flora of India gives the following keys:
|13a. Leaves and inflorescences white-woolly or tomentose;samaras retuse at apex||14. Aspidopterys wallichii|
|b. Leaves and inflorescences rusty or flavid-villous; samaras rounded at apex||10. Aspidopterys nutans|
SK 3271 29 December 2021: 4 very high res. images.
Yes, close to images and details at Aspidopterys nutans (Roxb. ex DC.) Juss.
References: POWO Catalogue of Life The Plant List Ver.1.1 IPNI GBIF (High resolution specimens) BSI Flora of India Flora of China FOC illustration Annotated checklist of Flowering plants of Nepal Flora of peninsular India India Biodiversity Portal Plant illustrations