YASIN J. NASIR
Cornus lowriana Brandis
A polygamo-dioecious tree up to 15 m tall. Branchlets pubescent. Leaves 5-8 x 1.5-3.0 cm, elliptic-ovate to obovate, pubescent, especially on the under-surface, margin sometimes undulate, base cuneate to oblique or rounded. Petiole up to 3.0 cm long. Flowers in dichotomous cymes, ebracteate. Male flowers: Calyx c. 2.5 mm long, shallowly 5-lobed, hairy to the inside. Corolla campanulate, c. 6 mm long, tube about equalling the limb, dense hairy within. Lobes oblanceolate or broadly so, recurved. Filaments c. 4.5 mm, lower half hairy and adnate to tube; anthers 2.5-3 mm long; bisexual flowers: similar but larger than male flowers. Calyx 5-6 mm long, campanulate, accrescent and up to 10 mm in fruit. Filaments c. 2 mm long. Style branched. Drupe up to 15 mm broad, yellowish-red.
Fl. Per.: March-April.
Type: New Caledonia, Coll. Ignot. (BM).
Distribution: Pakistan, Kashmir, India, S. China, Taiwan, Indo-China, New Caledonia & N.E. Australia.
Differs from Cornus myxa in the narrower and thinner leaves, which are not subcordate at the base and smaller drupes. Reported from parts of Kashmir (Mirpur, fide R. R. Stewart (Ann. Cat. Vasc. Pl. W. Pak. & Kashm. 583.1972) Punjab, Sind & Baluchistan. More common from the Chenab eastward.