Indian Snoutbean
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Indian Snoutbean
ative Photo: Krishan Lal
Common name: Indian Snoutbean
Botanical name: Rhynchosia falconeri    Family: Fabaceae (Pea family)

Indian Snoutbean It is a trailing shrub found in the grasslands of the Himalayas, with slender stems densely clothed with short, firm deflexed grey hairs. Leaves are trifoliate with leaflets ovate-oblong, rounded at both ends. Flower racemes are carried on long stalks, and are lax, 4-6-flowered. Sepal cup is hairy, 5 mm, with linear teeth. Flowers are half as long as the sepal cup. Standard petal is somewhat hairy. Seed-pods are 2.5 cm long, 1 cm wide, finely velvety. 2-seeded. It is a threatened species found in the Garwhal district of Uttarakhand, Himanchal Pradesh and west Nepal, at altitudes of 1900-2000 m.

Identification credit: Krishan Lal Photographed in Sirmaur Distt, Himachal Pradesh.

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