Botanical Name: Daphne papyracea
Species: D. papyracea
*Daphne cannabina Wall., nom. illeg.
*Daphne cavaleriei H.Lév.
*Daphne eriocephala Royle
*Daphne laciniata Lecomte
*Daphne mairei H.Lév.
Habitat:Daphne papyracea is native to E. Asia – Himalayas from Pakistan to C. Nepal. It grows in the forests, 1200 – 2800 metres. Shaded places in forested areas at elevations of 1500 – 3200 metres in Nepal.
Daphne papyracea is an evergreen shrubs upto 2 m tall. Stem glabrous, younger shoots tomen¬tose. Leaves scattered, elliptic-oblong to lanceolate, 6-14 cm long, 2-3 cm broad, glaucescent, coriaceous, subsessile. It is , in flower from January to April. Flowers are white, sessile, in terminal clusters of 4-9. Involucral bracts 5-7, ovate, c. 1.4 mm long, imbricate. Calyx tube c. 1 cm long, tubular, pubescent, 4-lobed; lobes c. 4 mm long, ovate, spreading. Stamens 8, 2-seriate, included, subsessile. Ovary ovoid to ellipsoid, 3.5 mm long, glabrous; style obscure, stigma capitate. Fruit c. 1 cm long, ovoid, dark red, succulent.
The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Bees, flies, Lepidoptera (Moths & Butterflies).
Prefers a cool lime-free well-drained sandy loam and a sunny position. Succeeds in neutral soils and tolerates partial shade. Likes plenty of moisture in the growing season. A good sandy loam and a sunny position suits most members of this genus. This species is not hardy in the colder areas of the country, it tolerates temperatures down to between -5 and -10°c. Closely related to D. bholua. The flowers are fragrant. Plants are resentful of root disturbance and should be planted into their permanent positions as soon as possible.
Medicinal Uses: The plant is bitter, febrifuge and purgative. The reports do not say which part of the plant is used.
Other Uses: The inner bark is used in the manufacture of, or as a paper. It is one of the principle sources of Nepalese hand-made paper.
Known Hazards: All parts of the plant are poisonous. Skin contact with the sap can cause dermatitis in some people.
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