Himalayan Dumasia
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Himalayan Dumasia
ative Photo: Gajendra Singh
Common name: Himalayan Dumasia
Botanical name: Dumasia villosa    Family: Fabaceae (Pea family)
Synonyms: Dumasia pubescens, Dumasia congesta, Dumasia glaucescens

Himalayan Dumasia is a twining herb with velvet-hairy stem, hairs spreading. Yellow flowers are borne in racemes 2-4 cm long, carried on 2-6 cm long stalks. Flower-stalks are 2 mm long, bracts about 2 mm long, bracteoles 1-2 mm long. Sepal cup is 7-8 mm long, velvet-hairy, mouth obliquely truncate. Petals are all long clawed, standard usually obovate, rarely oblong or broadly elliptic, hairless, with ears. Wings are oblong-sickleshaped, oblong, oblong-elliptic, or elliptic, keels usually slightly shorter than wings. Leaves are trifoliolate, carried on 2-6.5 cm long stalks. Leaflets are 1.3-6.5 cm long, 0.7-5 cm broad, ovate-oblong, nearly blunt to slightly notched, hairless to sparsely hairy above, hairy below. Leaflet-stalks are 1-4 mm long, stipule 2-5 mm long. Fruit 2.5-4 cm long, 8 mm broad, linear, velvety, torulose, 3-4-seeded. Himalayan Dumasia is found in the Himalayas, from Kashmir to Sikkim, at altitudes of 400-2500 m. It is also found in Ceylon, Burrna, Indonesia and Tropical Africa. Flowering: August-November.

Identification credit: Krishan Lal Photographed enroute to Rudranath, Uttarakhand.

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