Hairy-Leaved Milk-Vetch
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Hairy-Leaved Milk-Vetch
ative Photo: Prashant Awale
Common name: Hairy-Leaved Milk-Vetch
Botanical name: Astragalus confertus    Family: Fabaceae (Pea family)

Hairy-Leaved Milk-Vetch is a high altitude Himalayan herb with turf-like stems covered with prostrate white hairs. Leaf are imparipinnately compound, about 6-15 mm long, with 11-15 leaflets about 1.5-3 mm long, 1 mm broad, oblong, densely white-woolly, with lanceshaped stipules. Flowers are borne in stalked 1-7-flowered racemes in leaf axils. Stalks carrying the racemes are about 2.5-5 cm long, velvety, hairs appressed, black and white, silky. Bracts and flower-stalks are small. Sepal cup is 4-5 mm long, velvety, with prostrate hairs, mostly black, teeth about 1.5-2.0 mm long. Flowers are lilac or purple. Standard petal is 9 mm long, wing about 8-10 mm long, keel about 8-10 mm long. Fruit is velvety, few seeded, with a short stipe. Hairy-Leaved Milk-Vetch is found in the Himalayas, from Kashmir to Nepal and Tibet, at altitudes of 4000-6000 m. Flowering: July-September.

Identification credit: Prashant Awale
Photographed at Chusul, Ladakh.
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