Himalayan Milk Vetch
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Himalayan Milk Vetch
ative Photo: Pravin Kawale
Common name: Himalayan Milk Vetch
Botanical name: Astragalus himalayanus    Family: Fabaceae (Pea family)
Synonyms: Astragalus carinalis, Astragalus maddenianus

Himalayan Milk Vetch is an erect or spreading perennial herb, with rather dense rounded clusters of lilac or mauve flowers, borne on stalks usually longer than the subtending leaves. Flowers are often many in each cluster, each 1-1.5 cm long. Sepal tube is about 5 mm, with black and white hairs. Leaves are usually 3-5 cm long, with many leaflets 4-10 mm, oblong blunt or notched, pale green with white hairs. Stems are 1-2 ft, with adpressed hairs. Pods are 0.9-1.3 cm, with black hairs. Himalayan Milk Vetch is found in the Himalayas, from Kashmir to E. Nepal, at altitudes of 2400-4500 m. It is common in Kashmir. Flowering: June-September.

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

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