Rush Bush-Clover
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Rush Bush-Clover
ative Photo: Gurcharan Singh
Common name: Rush Bush-Clover, Siberian Lespedeza • Nepali: भैंसाइनो Bhaisaano
Botanical name: Lespedeza juncea    Family: Fabaceae (Pea family)

Rush Bush-Clover is an undershrub up to 1 m tall. Branches are densely velvety. Leaves are trifoliate, carried on 4 mm long stalks. Leaflets are 7.5-20 mm long, obovate, with blunt or flat tip with a sharp point. Leaflets are smooth above, densely silky below. Stipules are about 2.5 mm long, linear. Inflorescence is 2-4-flowered stalked umbel, arising in leaf axils. Stalk of the cluster is more than 5 mm long. Flower-stalk is 0-2.5 mm long. Sepal cup is about 2.5 mm long, velvety, teeth much longer than the cup. Flowers are 5-7 mm long, pale yellow or pink. Fruit is 2.5-3.0 mm long, silky. Flowering: July-September.

Identification credit: Gurcharan Singh Photographed in Srinagar, Kashmir & Shimla, Himachal Pradesh.

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