Himalayan Maple Acer Oblongum Seeds Fei E Qi
Credit: M.Y. Saleem 飞蛾槭 Fei E Qi
Acer oblongum Wall. ex DC., Prodr. 1:593. 1824. Hiern in Hook.f., Fl.Brit. Ind. 1 :693.1975; Parker, For.Fl.Punj. 102.1918; Brandis, For. Fl., reprint ed. 110.1972; R.R. Stewart, Ann. Cat. Vas.Pl.W.Pak. and Kash. 462.1972; E. Murray in Kalmia 6:3.1974.
Acer discolor Hort. ex Rehder
Acer nepalense Hort. ex Pax
Acer oblongifolium hort. ex Dippel
Trees evergreen, 12 to 15 m tall. Bark smooth to wrinkled. Trunk irregularly buttressed at base. Twigs red-brown or purplish, slender. Leaves ovate-lanceolate, acuminate, 5-18 cm long, 2-8 cm wide, glabrescent, reddish when young, later dark green above, paler to glaucous beneath; nerves pinnate in 6-8 pairs; base rounded to subacute; petioles slender, 2-10 cm long. Inflorescence corymobose, pubescent on leafy terminal and lateral shoots, 5-15 cm long. Pedicels pubescent. Flowers 5-merous, 7-9 mm across, greenish-white. Sepals linear, 1-2 mm wide, acute, pubescent. Petals narrowly lanceolate, 1-2 mm wide. Stamens 8, inserted on disc. Ovary pubescent, styles free nearly to the base. Samaras glabrous, 2-3 cm long; wings veined, divergent, constricted at base; nutlets gibbous, locules white-pubescent inside.
Type: Nepal, Wallich 1222 (K,G,PH).
Distribution: Pakistan and India to South China.
It grows in the lower Himalayan foothills from 600 to 2000 m elevation in moist forests, especially along streams. Cultivated in gardens for its ornamental, evergreen foliage. Wood is used in making farming implements.