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Himalaya Nutmeg

Leycesteria formosa

Description:

This shrub had upright hollow stems and broad leaves. The white bell-shaped flowers were borne on pendulous stalks and each flower was covered by a purple bract. The fruits were pinkish red (pic 2).

Habitat:

Spotted in a nature reserve with some exotics.
A native of the Himalayas and China, it is considered a "weed" in Australia and New Zealand. Also growing wild in the US and Canada but not considered a weed.

Notes:

Also called Pheasant Berry. I think they are quite attractive. Berries are bird attractants.
Family: Caprifoliaceae

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Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Dec 12, 2014
Submitted on Dec 13, 2014

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