Burr Locoweed
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Burr Locoweed
P Native Photo: Sunit Singh
Common name: Burr Locoweed, Northern Milk-vetch
Botanical name: Oxytropis lapponica    Family: Fabaceae (Pea family)
Synonyms: Astragalus lapponicus

Burr Locoweed is a perennial herb found in the Himalayas, at altitudes of 3000-4500 m. Mauve flowers are borne in ovoid clusters 11-3 cm long, on long stalks, usually longer than the cluster of basal leaves. Flowers are about 1 cm across. Sepal cup is covered with dark hairs and has bristle like teeth. Leaves are compound, 5-15 cm long, with many pairs of narrow- elliptic leaflets 5-15 mm. Pods occur in dense clusters, each up to 1.5 cm long with a persistent beak. Flowering: June-August.

Identification credit: Sunit Singh Photographed at SeojDhar, Bhaderwah, J&K.

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