Long-Petal Milk-Vetch
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Long-Petal Milk-Vetch
ative Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Long-Petal Milk-Vetch
Botanical name: Astragalus rhizanthus subsp. candolleanus    Family: Fabaceae (Pea family)
Synonyms: Astragalus candolleanus, Astragalus royleanus, Astragalus vexillilongus

Long-Petal Milk-Vetch is a low very spiny shrublet, with yellow flowers in dense stalkless clusters, compound leaves and long spines formed from old leaves. Flowers are 1.5-2.5 cm long, yellow, standard-petal longer than the wings and the much shorter keel. Sepal tube is densely white silky-hairy. Leaves are 5-10 cm long, with 6-13 pairs of oblong to ovate leaflets 3-8 mm. The central rachis of old leaves becomes woody and becomes a long thorn. Pods are 1.5-2.5 cm long, with spreading silky hairs. Long-Petal Milk-Vetch is found in the Himalayas, from Pakistan to C. Nepal, at altitudes of 2700-4500 m. Flowering: May-August.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in Nubra Valley, Ladakh.

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