Green-Flowered Milk Vetch
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Green-Flowered Milk Vetch
ative Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Green-Flowered Milk Vetch
Botanical name: Astragalus chlorostachys    Family: Fabaceae (Pea family)
Synonyms: Astragalus altissimus, Hedysarum strobiliferum

Green-Flowered Milk Vetch is an erect perennial herb, with spikes of numerous yellow-green or pinkish to white, drooping flowers, borne on stalks longer than the pinnate leaves. Flowers are 1-1.5 cm, with tubular sepal cup 6-7 mm long, finely hairy, oblique at the mouth, teeth triangular, less than 1 mm long. Vexillum is about 1.2-1.4 cm long, hairless. Fruit is about 1.2-1.3 cm long, hairless, 6-10-seeded; stipe longer than calyx. Leaf are imparipinnately compound, about 7-15 cm long, leaflets 13-17, about 1.2-2.0 cm long, oblong, obtuse, glabrescent above, finely white pubescent below; stipules lanceolate, free. Green-Flowered Milk Vetch is found in the Himalayas, from Pakistan to Bhutan, at altitudes of 1800-3700 m. Flowering: July-August.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand.
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