Skimmia anquetilia N. P. Taylor & H. K. Airy Shaw, Bot. Mag. 180: 170 (1979) ;
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India: Open forests of W. Himalayas at 1830 – 3030 m, often found in Quercus-Rhododendron forests. Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh; Afghanistan, Pakistan and W. Nepal as per BSI Flora of India;
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Common name: West-Himalayan Skimmia
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Rutaceae week : Skimmia laureola:
Skimmia laureola locally known as ‘Nair Pat’ in Kumouni language is used as dhoop or inscence. The photograph was taken at Tunghnath (Rudraprayag) alt. ca. 2500 mts. A shrub about 5o cm tall with highly aromatic leaves


Very popular in NW Himalayas as Ner Patar. Leaves used as incense, are burnt to purify the air. I have yet to capture it in flowering.


Tunganath is approx. 4000m (12000 ft) for sure. Chopta is 3000m (9000 ft) so it seems this is between Chopta and Dodabitta/ Duggalbitta.
I noticed that the flora here changes with altitude (and flowering period) esp. wrt rhododendron species and am extrapolating it for other flora also; Please confirm whether altitude is correct (2500m) or the name of the place ie. Tunganath.


I wrote it aprox. 2500 m as I had no device to measure the altitude but the plant was observed as you just start the trek from Chopta under the shade of Quercus spp. I hope you are correct for the altitude


In Kashmir it starts at about 2300 m altitude in Tangmarg and continue up to nearly 2800 m below Khillenmarg.


I think it will be Skimmia anquetilia N.P.Taylor & Airy Shaw as per keys and distribution in BSI Flora of India and details in Trees and Shrubs Online.
Skimmia laureola subsp. laureola does not have distribution in Western Himalayas as per BSI Flora of India.


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Skimmia laureola (DC.) Siebold & Zucc. ex Walp.
Small evergreen shrub found in forest areas in Kashmir, leaves burned for air purification.
Photographed from Herbal Garden, Srinagar, Kashmir.

Yes sir. As per Flora of India it is S.anquetilia.
But it belongs to Rutaceae?


Thanks … for pointing out.


I think it will be Skimmia anquetilia N.P.Taylor & Airy Shaw as per keys and distribution in BSI Flora of India and details in Trees and Shrubs Online and as suggested by …
Skimmia laureola subsp. laureola does not have distribution in Western Himalayas as per BSI Flora of India.


I agree with … In S. laureola ripe fruits are black (cf S. anquitilia, which has red fruits).


You are right

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Rutaceae Week: Skimmia laureola (DC.) Siebold & Zucc. ex Walp. from Kashmir:
Skimmia laureola (DC.) Siebold & Zucc. ex Walp.
Common name: Ner pattar
Photographed from Kashmir


Interesting plant I was wondering if the fruits are edible?


I think it will be Skimmia anquetilia N.P.Taylor & Airy Shaw as per keys and distribution in BSI Flora of India and details in Trees and Shrubs Online and as suggested by …
Skimmia laureola subsp. laureola does not have distribution in Western Himalayas as per BSI Flora of India.


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Skimmia anquetilia: 3 high res. images.
Skimmia anquetilia
Shimla


 

 

 


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References:
BSI Flora of India Trees and Shrubs Online  POWO  Catalogue of Life  GBIF (High resolution specimens) Flowers of India  India Biodiversity Portal  Wikipedia
Skimmia anquetilia N.P. Taylor and Airy Shaw (Rutaceae): A Critical Appriasal of its Ethnobotanical and Pharmacological Activities– Front. Plant Sci., 01 August 2022- Masarat Nabi, Nahida Tabassum and Bashir Ahmad Ganai

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