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Berchemia flavescens Brongn.

Modern name

Berchemia flavescens (Wall.) Wall. ex Brongn.

A climbing, deciduous shrub 6 to 10 ft high, the shoots slender, smooth or with dark outstanding hairs. Leaves 2 to 6 in. long, 1 to 234 in. wide, rounded or broadly tapered at the base, narrowed at the apex to a short tip, glabrous, and rather metallic green above, pale and either glabrous or with a slight down on the midrib and lower ribs beneath; ribs parallel, nine to sixteen pairs; stalk 12 to 1 in. long. Flowers white, 16 in. across, produced in pyramidal panicles 112 to 4 in. long, terminal on the leafy shoots of the year; flower-stalks 18 to 16 in. long, either smooth or hairy. Fruit sausage-shaped, 13 in. long.

Native of the Himalaya, Tibet, and W. China; introduced from the last-named by Wilson in 1904 and appears to be quite hardy.



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