Neglected Uraria
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Neglected Uraria
ative Photo: Gurcharan Singh
Common name: Neglected Uraria
Botanical name: Uraria lagopus var. neglecta    Family: Fabaceae (Pea family)
Synonyms: Uraria neglecta, Uraria fujianensis

Neglected Uraria is an erect herb or subshrub. Stems are densely gray-yellow velvety. Leaves are trifoliolate, sometimes 1-foliolate; leaf-stalk 3-7 mm, densely hairy as stem. Leaflets are ovate, round or oblong, terminal one 1.8-6 × 1.9-4.5 cm, velvety below, hairy above, lat­eral veins 11-14 on each side of midvein, base broadly cuneate, rounded, or slightly cordate, apex rounded or emarginate, mu­cronate. Flowers are borne in racemes at branch ends or in leaf axils, sometimes with a few branches at base, 6-40 cm, densely hairy with gray-yellow spreading glandular hairs; internode 2-4 mm; bracts 9-18 mm. Pedicel 7-12 mm, densely villous, apically hooked. Sepal cup is abput 5 mm; sepals 5, narrowly triangular, subequal. Flowers are purple, about 5 mm; standard obovate, about 5 × 3 mm, base cuneate, apex rounded; wings and keel auricular-oblong, about 4 × 1.5 mm. Ovary are about 2.5 mm, glabrous; style about 4 mm, curved. Legume 5-7-jointed, slightly compressed, glabrous.Neglected Uraria is found in the Himalayas, from Kumaun to Nepal, at altitudes of 750-1500 m. Flowering: September-November.

Identification credit: Gurcharan Singh
Photographed along Chakrata Devan road, Uttarakhand.
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