This small tree can be found growing alongside the Henslow Walk.
Parrotiopsis jacquemontiana is a member of the witch hazel family, Hamamelidaceae, and here grows alongside the more familiar Persian ironwood, Parrotia persica. The genus takes it’s name from Parrotia and opsis, meaning resembling, and differs from Parrotia in having fewer stamens, oval anthers and, most obviously, conspicuous white bracts. It has smooth, grey bark; toothed, broadly ovate leaves; and numerous flowers held in globose heads. It is a small tree from the Himalaya which can grow to 6m in height, and which enjoys lime-free, well-drained soil. The wood is highly durable and the twigs are used for making rope bridges in the Himalaya.