Meebold's Pea-Shrub
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Meebold's Pea-Shrub
ative Photo: Krishan Lal
Common name: Meebold's Pea-Shrub
Botanical name: Campylotropis falconeri    Family: Fabaceae (Pea family)
Synonyms: Campylotropis drummondii, Campylotropis meeboldii

Meebold's Pea-Shrub is an erect shrub, 2-4 ft tall, branches densely velvety. This species is named for Alfred Karl Meebold, 20th century German botanist and author. Leaves are trifoliolate, stalk up to 6.5 cm long, appressed hairy. Leaflets are up to 3.5 cm long, 3.0 cm broad, elliptic, orbicular or broadly obovate, retuse, mucronate, hairless above, thinly velvety below. Stipules are 3.5-6.5 mm long, persistent. Flowers are borne in stalked raceme, 7.5-15 cm long in leaf axils, panicled at the end of the branches. Stalks carrying the racemes are up to 8.0 cm long. Bracts are about 2 mm long, persistent. Flower-stalks are 0.6-1 cm long, velvety. Sepal cup is 5-5.5 mm long, densely silky, teeth slightly exceeding the tube. Flowers are purplish blue, about 1 cm long, keel incurved, pointed, Fruit is about 1 cm long, beaked with a persistent style base, 2.5 mm long. Meebold's Pea-Shrub is found in NW Himalayas, from Pakistan to Kashmir, N. Punjab and Himachal Pradesh, at altitudes of 2100 m. Flowering: July-September.

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

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