Kumaon Sweetvetch
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Kumaon Sweetvetch
ative Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Kumaon Sweetvetch
Botanical name: Hedysarum kumaonense    Family: Fabaceae (Pea family)

Kumaon Sweetvetch is a low-growing, pretty, perennial herb, 7-12 cm tall. Stems are short and not noticeable. Compound leaves are 7-10 cm long, with 13-25 closely spaced leaflets. Leaflet blades obovate to elliptic-ovate, 7-10 X 5-7 mm. Purple-pink flowers occur in dense racemes which long ovoid, with many flowers. Sepals tube is bell shaped, 6-8 mm, grayish hairy. Pea-like flowers are pinkish purple; standard obovate, 1.2-1.4 cm; wings slightly shorter than standard; keels 1-2 mm longer than standard. It is found on the grassy mountain slopes at altitudes 3500-3600 m. Flowering: June-July.

Identification credit: Nongthombam Ullysess Photographed in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh.

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