Root-Flower Milk-Vetch
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Root-Flower Milk-Vetch
ative Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Root-Flower Milk-Vetch
Botanical name: Astragalus rhizanthus    Family: Fabaceae (Pea family)
Synonyms: Astragalus pindreensis, Astragalus malacophyllus

Root-Flower Milk-Vetch is a perennial herb, with aerial stem almost absent. Flowers are clustered together on the ground. arising almost from the root. Bracts are linear, small. Flower-stalks are about 3 mm long. Calyx is about 1.6 cm long, lower teeth about 6 mm, upper about 3-4 mm long. Flowers are yellow, vexillum 2.5 cm long, wing about 2.3 cm long, keel 2 cm long. Style glabrous; ovary pilose. Stipules are about 1.5 cm long, obovate, margins frilly. Leaf rachis and stalk are about 16-26 cm long, leaves imparipinnately compound, leaflets opposite to subopposite, about 1.5-2.0 mm long, about 5-10 mm broad, oblong, more or less hairless above, hairy below. Fruit 1.2-2.0 cm long, densely silky, bilocular, 15-20-seeded. Root-Flower Milk-Vetch is found in the Himalayas. Flowering: June-July.

Identification credit: Nongthombam Ullysess
Photographed in Lahaul, Himachal Pradesh.
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