Purple-Stamen Meadow-Rue
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Purple-Stamen Meadow-Rue
P Native Photo: Sunit Singh
Common name: Purple-Stamen Meadow-Rue
Botanical name: Thalictrum cultratum    Family: Ranunculaceae (Buttercup family)
Synonyms: Thalictrum deciternatum, Thalictrum fistulosum, Thalictrum yui

Purple-Stamen Meadow-Rue is a much branched perennial herb 20-80 cm tall, with flowers small, greenish-white, usually in large lax much-branched clusters, borne on flexuous leafy stems 60-120 cm. Petals are about 5 mm, stamens twice as long, filaments purple thread-like, anthers slender. Leaves are several times divided into stalked oval leaflets less than 1.3 cm wide, with rounded or wedge-shaped base and few rounded or pointed teeth. Achenes are short-stalked, flattened, 3-ribbed on each side, with a slender curved beak. Purple-Stamen Meadow-Rue is found in shrubberies, open slopes in the Himalayas, from Pakistan to SW China at altitudes of 2400-4200 m. Flowering: June-August.

Identification credit: Saroj Kasaju, Sunit Singh Photographed in Kanchani Khal, Uttarakhand.

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