Long-Keel Sweetvetch
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Long-Keel Sweetvetch
ative Photo: Krishan Lal
Common name: Long-Keel Sweetvetch
Botanical name: Hedysarum microcalyx    Family: Fabaceae (Pea family)

Long-Keel Sweetvetch is a herb 1.5-2 ft long. Stem is grooved, hairless. Leaves are compound, 15-20 cm long, leaflets 11-13, 2.5-3.8 cm long, oblong-lanceshaped, blunt to somewhat pointed, hairless on both sides. Pink-red flowers are borne in 5-10 cm long racemes, with linear bracts. Flower-stalks are 3-4.5 mm long. Sepal cup is 3-3.5 mm long, hairless, teeth triangular, shorter than the tube. Flowers are bright red, 1.5-2.0 cm long. Keel exceeding the standard petal. Pods are 2-3 jointed, joint about 1.2-1.6 cm long, membranous, entire, both edges are distinctly margined. Long-Keel Sweetvetch is found in Western Himalayas, Pakistan, Kashmir, N.Punjab, Garhwal, at altitudes of 2700-4400 m. Flowering: June-August.

Identification credit: Krishan Lal
Photographed in Rohtang, Himachal Pradesh.
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