Longleaf Alyce Clover
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Longleaf Alyce Clover
P Native Photo: Palak Thakor
Common name: Longleaf Alyce Clover
Botanical name: Alysicarpus longifolius    Family: Fabaceae (Pea family)
Synonyms: Hedysarum longifolium

Longleaf Alyce Clover is an erect or spreading perennial herb, with hairless stem growing up to 1.2-1.5 m tall. Flowers are borne in dense spike-like raceme, 15-30 cm long. They are shaped like pea-flower, pink and yellow. Bracts are often longer than 1.3 cm, ovate, tapering, silky outside, falling off. Flower-stalks are about 2.5 mm long. Sepal-cup is 6-16 mm long, striped, velvet-hairy, teeth longer than the tube. Stipules are 9-20 mm long, scarious, very pointed. Leaf-stalks are 3-10 mm long, leaves 5-15.0 cm long, 0.9-1.9 cm broad, oblong or lanceshaped, blunt or somewhat pointed, base somewhat heart-shaped, hairless above. Pods are 0.9-1.3 cm long, 2-2.5 mm broad, shortly stalked, constricted between seeds, minutely velvet-hairy, netveined, veins not obscure. Longleaf Alyce Clover is found in Arabian Peninsula, Indian Subcontinent, and North Australia. Flowering: September-October.

Identification credit: Rakesh Singh Photographed in Surat, Gujarat.

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