Nepal Bladder-Senna
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Nepal Bladder-Senna
P Native Photo: Anil Thakur
Common name: Nepal Bladder-Senna
Botanical name: Colutea nepalensis    Family: Fabaceae (Pea family)
Synonyms: Colutea kunawarensis

Nepal Bladder-Senna is a shrub up to 3 m tall, young branches hairy; older shoots red-brown or brown, shining. Flowers are borne in 3-5-flowered racemes. Flowers yellow, shaped like pea flowers, vexillum up to 2.2 cm long. Sepal-cup is up to 8 mm long, velvet-hairy, hairs black and white, teeth up to 2 mm long. Flower-stalks are 1.0-1.5 cm long, velvet-hairy. Bracts are about 1-1.5 mm long, velvet-hairy, bracteoles up to 1 mm long. Leaves are compound, 4-8 cm long, leaflets 7-13, up to 1.0-1.2 cm long, 7-8 mm broad, elliptic or obovate, blunt or retuse, velvet-hairy on both sides, becoming becoming hairless, leaflet-stalk up to 1 mm long; stipules about 1.5 mm long. Fruits are translucent, inflated, 4-6 cm long, about 2-2.5 cm broad, abruptly narrowing into an pointed tip, velvet-hairy, hairs long. Nepal Bladder-Senna is found in Mediterranean, E Africa to the Himalyas, China. Flowering: July-August.

Identification credit: Anil Thakur Photographed in Spiti valley, Himachal Pradesh

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