Slender Fenugreek
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Slender Fenugreek
ative Photo: Gurcharan Singh
Common name: Slender Fenugreek • Nepali: तिनपाते झार Tinpaate Jhaar
Botanical name: Trigonella gracilis    Family: Fabaceae (Pea family)

Slender Fenugreek is a perennial with hairless, trailing stem, 15-45 cm long. Leaf-stalk is shorter than the leaflets, leaflets 5-12 mm long, 3-7 mm broad, obovate-wedge-shaped, rounded, minutely toothed, hairless, sparsely velvety on the nerves below, stipules linear. Flowers are borne in 1-5-flowered clusters which are carried on stalks longer than the leaf, ending in an awn. Flower-stalks are 2 mm long. Sepal cup is 3.5-4 mm long, teeth almost as long as the tube. Flowers 5 mm long, yellow. Pod is 5-12 mm long, 2.5-3 mm broad, hairless, marked with distinct transverse veins, 1-3-seeded. Slender Fenugreek is found in the Himalayas, from Pakistan to C. Nepal, at altitudes of 2200-3400 m. Flowering: July-September.

Identification credit: Gurcharan Singh
Photographed in Apharwat, Kashmir.
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