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Edgeworthia tomentosa (Oriental Paperbush)

Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Malvales
Family: Thymelaeaceae
Genus: Edgeworthia
Species: E.tomentosa
Binomial name: Edgeworthia tomentosa
Synonyms: Edgeworthia chrysantha, Edgeworthia papyrifera
Common name: Paperbush, Chinese Paper Bush, Japanese Paperbush, Yellow Daphne, Oriental Paperbush

Edgeworthia tomentosa is a deciduous shrub (2.5 m tall) and is an oriental cousin of the daphne. It is native to forests and stream sides, at elevations of 300-1600 metres in Ichang Province, China.
The lime green leaves fall during autumn exposing the branches and the fine flaky bark which is used in China to make a high-grade paper. During late winter pale yellow, fragrant flowers are borne in clusters on the bare branches.

Opening flower clusters early August. Photographed at Tupare Gardens, New Plymouth, Taranaki.


The rear of a flower.

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