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Buxus papillosa C.K.Schneid., Ill.Handb.Laubholzk. 2:139. 1907. Bor, Man. Ind.For.Bot.108.1953; Parker, For.Fl.Punj.ed.3.446.1956; Rech.f., Fl.Iran. 27:3.1966; R.R.Stewart, Ann.Cat. Vasc.Pl.W.Pak.& Kash.457.1972.

Vern.: Shamshad

Buxus papillosa

Credit: Azmat

  • Buxus sempervirens sensu Stewart & Brandis

    Shrub or small tree, 3-5 m tall. Stem crooked, branches erect to spreading, hoary pubescent when young. Leaves narrowly lanceolate or oblong-elliptic, 1.2-5.5 cm long, 0.5-1.2 cm broad, attenuate at the base into a minute petiole, acute to subobtuse, whitish-papillate and minutely hairy or glabrescent beneath, veins and veinlets indistinct. Racemes 8-12 mm long, with a terminal female flower surrounded by very closely arranged male flowers. Sepals somewhat oblong, 2-3 mm long, bilobed at apex. Stamens c. 5 mm long, exserted, anthers c. 2 mm long. Ovary slightly triangular, c. 2 mm long; styles as long as ovary; pistillode c. 1.5 mm long in male flowers. Capsule trilocular, ovoid-oblong, walnut brown, c. 8 mm long, c. 5 mm in diameter, horns c. 2 mm long, upright. Seeds oblong, c. 4 mm long, c. 3 mm wide.

    Fl.Per.: January-May.

    Type: N.W. Himalayas, Falconer 929 p.p.

    Distribution: Endemic to Pakistan.

    Common in foothills in Punjab, N.W.F.P. and Baluchistan usually between 650-3000 m.

    The wood is similar to that of the next species but is used as a fuel only due to crooked nature of the stem.


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