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.);
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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;
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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)
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SK 3104 03 November 2021: 7 very high res. images.
Location: Surkhet, West Nepal
Altitude: 523m.
Date: 29 August 2021
Habit : Wild


Tinospora?


Aspidopterys?


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

 

 


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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

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