Fragrant Milk Vetch
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Fragrant Milk Vetch
P Native Photo: Ashutosh Sharma
Common name: Fragrant Milk Vetch
Botanical name: Astragalus graveolens    Family: Fabaceae (Pea family)
Synonyms: Astragalus bodinieri, Astragalus medullaris, Astragalus stipulatus

Fragrant Milk Vetch is a tall undershrub, with hairless branches. Leaves are imparipinnately compound, about 10-17 cm long, leaflets 17-25, about 1.2-2.6 cm long, round elliptical-ovate, blunt, hairless on both sides; stipules about 2.5-3.8 cm long, free, leaf-like. Flowers are borne in a stalked raceme, in leaf-axils, about 15-30 cm long. Bracts are linear, hairless. Flowers are yellow, vexillum about 1.8-2.0 cm long, slightly exceeding the wings and keel, hairless. Flower-stalks are about 2-3.5 mm long. Sepal-cup about 9-10 mm long, mouth oblique, teeth about 3 mm long. Fruit is about 2.5-4.0 cm long, about 6-8 mm broad, sword-shaped, hairless, bilocular, 12-18-seeded; stipe about 9-10 mm long. Fragrant Milk Vetch is found in the Himalayas, from Afghanistan, W. Pakistan to W Himalaya, S. Tibet, SW China, at altitudes of 500-2100 m.

Identification credit: Ashutosh Sharma Photographed in Kullu district, Himachal Pradesh.

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