Feather-Leaf Broom-Herb
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Feather-Leaf Broom-Herb
ative Photo: Gurcharan Singh
Common name: Feather-Leaf Broom-Herb, Leptorhabdos
Botanical name: Leptorhabdos parviflora    Family: Orobanchaceae (Broomrape family)
Synonyms: Leptorhabdos micrantha

Feather-Leaf Broom-Herb is an annual herb, 20-100 cm tall, short glandular hairy. Stems are erect, much branched and broomlike, basally purple-brown. Leaves opposite, sometimes alternate above, decreasing in size upward; lower leaf blade linear, 4-8 cm, pinnately cut; segments 1-5 pairs, narrowly linear, margin entire or toothed. Flower racemes are long; bracts linear. Calyx 3-5 mm, 10-veined; lobes 5, subulate-triangular, shorter than tube. Flowers are pink, about 6 mm; tube 2/3 of flower length; petals ovate-circular, 2-parted almost to base. Capsule is oblong, 4-6 mm, margin apically short ciliate, apex obtuse and emarginate. Feather-Leaf Broom-Herb is found in Caucasus, C. Asia, Himalaya (Kashmir to Nepal), W. Tibet, at altitudes of 1700-3300 m. Flowering: July-August.

Identification credit: Gurcharan Singh Photographed above Dachhigam, Kashmir.

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