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Actinidia strigosa Hook. f. & Thomson ex Benth. in J. Linn. Soc. 5: 55.1861; Dyer in Fl. Brit. India 1: 286. 1874.


Nep.: Tekiphal

Scandent shrubs, up to 8 m tall; stems and branches reddish brown, strigose with conspicuous lenticels; branchlets densely ferruginous setose. Leaves 10 -15 x 5 - 8 cm, ovate to oblong-ovate, obtuse to rounded at base, acuminate at apex, finely serrate with hair-like teeth or denticulate, glabrous or slightly puberulous on veins above, sparsely hairy on veins or nearly glabrous beneath, midrib densely covered with brown bristles beneath, petioles 1 - 3.5 cm long, hairy. Flowers 2 - 4 in axillary cymes, sometimes solitary; peduncles up to 1 cm long, pubescent; pedicels 5 -12 mm long, pubescent; bracts ca 1 mm long, linear. Sepals 4 - 6 x 3 - 5 mm, elliptic to ovate, acute to obtuse at apex, glabrate or sparsely pubescent. Petals 5 - 15 x 6 - 10 mm, obovate, rounded at apex, glabrous. Stamens numeorus, 4 - 7 mm long. Ovary 3-5 mm long, subglobose; styles numerous, 1.5 - 4 mm long. Berries 2 - 2.5 cm long, 1.5 - 2 cm in diam., ovoid, mucilaginous, edible. Seeds ca 1.5 mm long, oblong, brownish-black.

Fl. May - June; Fr. Aug. - Sept.

Distrib. India: Eastern Himalayas in subtropical broad-leaved forests between 1500 and 3000 m. West Bengal (Darjeeling) and Sikkim.

Nepal and Bhutan.





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