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Rhus himalaica (Hook.f.) Chandra & Mukherjee stat. nov. R. succedanea L. var. himalaica Hook.f., Fl. Brit. India 2: 12. 1876.


Trees, 8 - 18 m tall. Leaves 20 - 50 cm long, imparipinnate, petiolate; leaflets 3 - 5 pairs, ovate-oblong, 9 - 12 x 4 - 5 cm, acuminate, base obliquely rounded, entire, puberulous beneath. Panicles axillary, 8 - 18 cm long, puberulous. Male flowers 3 - 4 mm across, pedicellate. Calyx lobes ovate, pubescent. Petals oblong, 2 x 1 mm. Stamens 10, 1 - 1.5 mm long;, filaments subulate; anthers sagittate. Drupes globose to obliquely orbicular, 6 - 8 mm in diam.; epicarp thin, glabrous; mesocarp fibrous, waxy.

Fl. & Fr. : Apr. - Sept.

Distrib. India : Himalayas, from 1000 - 2000 m. Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Sikkim and Manipur.

Pakistan and Nepal.

Notes. The stem juice causes blisters on the skin and makes black stains on papers. The fruit is used in Kashmir in the treatment of Phthisis.




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