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Pakistan | Family List | Caprifoliaceae | Viburnum

5. Viburnum opulus L., Sp. Pl. 268. 1753. Parker, For. Fl. Punj. (repr. ed.)267. 1956; R.R. Stewart in Nasir & Ali, Ann. Cat. Vasc. Pl. W. Pak & Kashm. 696.1972.


A deciduous shrub, branches and stem smooth, glabrous and angled, young buds protected by scales. Leaves palmately 3-5-nerved; 12 x 8 cm, irregularly 3-5-lobed, lobes coarsely dentate, glabrous above, pubescent beneath; petiole 2-3 cm long, with a narrow groove and large discoid glands. Stipules filiform with disc-like glands at the tip. Flowers sterile, in peduncled corymbs. Calyx small. Corolla 5-15 mm in diameter.

Type: Described from Europe.

Distribution: A native of Europe and N. Africa. The ‘Guelder rose’ or ‘Snow-ball tree’ is reportedly cultivated in Abbottabad (fide R. R. Stewart, l.c.).


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