Botanical name: Hedysarum astragaloides Family: Fabaceae (Pea family)
Lahaul Sweetvetch is a plant about 2 ft tall. Stem is densely velvet-hairy. Leaves are compound, 10-20 cm long, Leaflets are 21-29 in number, 1.8-2.5 cm long, linear-oblong, blunt, mucronate, smooth above, velvety below. Flowers are borne in 5-7.5 cm long dense racemes. Bracts are linear, longer than the bud. Flower-stalks are shorter than the calyx. Calyx is 6-8 mm, silky velvety, teeth longer than the cup. Flowers are reddish, keel longer than the vexillum. Fruit is stipitate, 1-2 jointed, joints oblong, membranous, wing crisped on the lower side and obscure above. Lahaul Sweetvetch is found in Kashmir and Lahaul, at altitudes of 3000-4000 m. Flowering: June.
Identification credit: Krishan Lal
The flower labeled Lahaul Sweetvetch is ...