Delicate Himalayan Vetch
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Delicate Himalayan Vetch
ative Photo: Krishan Lal
Common name: Delicate Himalayan Vetch
Botanical name: Vicia tenera    Family: Fabaceae (Pea family)

Delicate Himalayan Vetch is a slender straggling climber with lilac pea-like flower borne in many-flowered racemes. Racemes are carried on stalks as long as the racemes, 1-2 inches long, 6-20 flowered, Sepal cup is 2 mm, teeth very unequal, upper triangular. Flowers are about 1 cm long. Leaves are 5-7.5 cm long, compound. Leaflets are 12-16, distant, narrow strap-shaped, 1.8-2.5 cm long, 2-3 mm broad, pointed, finely silky below. Stipules are small, deeply toothed. Pod is oblique, hairless, about 3 cm long, 6-8 seeded. Delicate Himalayan Vetch is found in W. Himalayas, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand, at altitudes of 1000-2600 m.

Identification credit: Krishan Lal Photographed in Sirmaur Distt, Himachal Pradesh.

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