3. Rhus punjabensis J.L. Stewart ex Brandis, For. Fl. 120. 1874. Ind. Trees, 197.1906; J.D. Hooker, l.c. 12; Bamber, Pl. Punj. 44.1916; Parker, l.c. 113; R.R. Stewart, l.c.
YASIN J. NASIR
A tree up to 12 m tall. Young shoots pubescent to rusty tomentose. Leaves imparipinnate, 30 cm or more long. Leaflets 9-13 in number, opposite, subsessile, 42-120 x 20-55 mm, ovate-oblong, entire to sometimes finely serrulate, acute to subacuminate, rusty tomentose (especially on the under surface), base often oblique. Panicle terminal, shorter than the leaves, rusty tomentose. Calyx shallow cupular, 5-cleft. Petals 5, c. 2 mm long, oblanceolate, equalling or exceeding sepals. Stamens 5; filaments 2 mm long, sparsely pubescent; anthers oblong, basifixed. Ovary subglobose to ovoid, with dense short appressed hairs. Styles 3, less than 1 mm long, stigma capitate. Drupe globose, 3.5-4 mm broad. Epicarp crustaceous, tomentose with reddish hairs; endocarp (stone) smooth, obliquely oblong, ± 2.8 mm long, greyish.
Fl. Per.: May-June.
Type: Rajauri, Bussahir, J.L. Stewart 113 (K).
Distribution: N.W. Himalaya from Kashmir to Kumaon.
Fairly common in the inner ranges in moist situations, from 1219-2438 m. The juice of the leaves is an irritant to the skin.