Long-Stalked Peashrub
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Long-Stalked Peashrub
ative Photo: Krishan Lal
Common name: Long-Stalked Peashrub • Nepali: बेबली काँडा Bebali kanda
Botanical name: Caragana brevispina    Family: Fabaceae (Pea family)

Long-Stalked Peashrub is an erect spiny shrub 2-3 m tall, with pinnate leaves, and stalked clusters of yellow flowers which turn orange-red as they mature. Flowers are generally two, borne ion a stalk up to 2 cm long. Bracts are linear. Stabdard petal is 2-2.5 cm long, rounded with reflexed sides, thicker and firmer than the wings and straight keel. Sepal tube is 7-9 mm long, finely hairy, sepals short with awn-like tips. Leaflets are 8-16, ovate to oblong, 0.8-2 cm, with a fine point, silky-haired beneath. Old leaves harden into thick spines up to 4 cm long with small basal spines. Pods are hairless, 4-5 cm long. Long-Stalked Peashrub is found in the Himalayas, from Kashmir to C. Nepal, at altitudes of 2400-3200 m. Flowering: May-June.

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

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