Meebold's Rattlepod   
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Meebold's Rattlepod
ative Photo: Krishan Lal
Common name: Meebold's Rattlepod
Botanical name: Campylotropis meeboldii    Family: Fabaceae (Pea family)
Synonyms: Campylotropis eriocarpa var. falconeri, Campylotropis falconeri

Meebold's Rattlepod 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 Rattlepod 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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