Long-Tailed Pea-Shrub
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Long-Tailed Pea-Shrub
ative Photo: Krishan Lal
Common name: Long-Tailed Pea-Shrub
Botanical name: Campylotropis macrostyla    Family: Fabaceae (Pea family)
Synonyms: Crotalaria macrostyla, Lespedeza macrostyla

Long-Tailed Pea-Shrub is an undershrub, 3-4 ft tall, branches woody, woolly. Stipules are hard, pointed, about 3 mm long, woolly at base. Leaves are trifoliolate, carried on stalks 4-10 mm long, velvety. Stalks of leaflets are up to 1 mm long. Leaflets are 0.8-2.3 cm long, 0.4-1.4 cm broad, obovate, entire, tip notched to flat, hairless above, velvety below. Flowers are borne in stalked racemes in leaf axils. They appear like panicle in the fruiting stage. Bracts are 2.5 mm long. Flower-stlkas are 5-6 mm long, hairy, hairs spreading. Sepal cup is 4-5 mm long, silky-hairy, teeth unequal, 1-2.5 mm. Standard petal is 8-9 mm long. Wing and keel almost as long. Fruit is 1-1.1 cm long, 3.5-4.0 mm broad, silky-hairy, elliptic, with a 0.7-1 cm long tail-like style. Long-Tailed Pea-Shrub is found in Kashmir, Kumaon, Garhwal, Bengal and Nepal. Flowering: April-September.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in Sirmaur Distt, Himachal Pradesh.

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