Narrow-Pod Pea-Shrub
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Narrow-Pod Pea-Shrub
P Native Photo: Sunit Singh
Common name: Narrow-Pod Pea-Shrub
Botanical name: Campylotropis stenocarpa    Family: Fabaceae (Pea family)
Synonyms: Oxyramphis stenocarpa, Lespedeza stenocarpa

Narrow-Pod Pea-Shrub is a woody shrub, 3-5 ft tall, branches densely hairy, hairs spreading. Leaves are trifoliolate, leaf-stalk 0.5-2.5 cm long, densely hairy. Leaflets are up to 1.8 cm long, 1.3 cm broad, obovate, blunt, flat or retuse, often with a short sharp point, hairless above, densely silky below; stipules about 2.5-3 mm long, triangular, tapering. Flowers are borne in leaf-axils, in racemes about 3.8 cm long, stalkless, silky. Bracts are ovate, silky, persistent. Flower-stalks are 3.5-8.0 mm long. Sepal-cup is 5 mm long, silky velvet-hairy, teeth about twice as long as the tube. Flowers are about 1 cm long, dark red, keel sharply incurved pointed. Fruit is about 1.3 cm long, oblong, gradually narrowed above, velvet-hairy. Narrow-Pod Pea-Shrub is found in the Himalayas, from Kashmir to W. Nepal, at altitudes of 1900-2200 m.

Identification credit: J.M. Garg, Sunit Singh, Rajnikant Thakur Photographed in Chunikhal, Garhwal, Uttarakhand.

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