Tartary Locoweed
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Tartary Locoweed
P Native Photo: Prashant Awale
Common name: Tartary Locoweed
Botanical name: Oxytropis tatarica    Family: Fabaceae (Pea family)

Tartary Locoweed is a perennial herb with root thick and woody. Flowers are borne in stalked heads, carried on flower-cluster-stalks about 1.5-10 cm, bracts about 3-3.5 mm long, grey-hairy; nearly stalkless. Flowers are blue or yellow rarely purple or keel tipped with purple. Vexillum is about 7-9 mm long, about 3-3.5 mm broad; wing about 6.5-7 mm long; keel about 6 mm long. Sepal-cup is densely hairy, hairs black and white, about 5 mm long, teeth about 2 mm. Aerial stem is absent or much reduced. Leaves are stipulate, densely hairy, hairs white. Leaves are imparipinnately compound, about 2.5-5.0 cm, grey-hairy; leaf-stalk about 1.3-2.5 cm; leaflets opposite, stalkless, about 3-7 mm long, about 2-3.5 mm wide, oblong or inverted-lanceshaped-oblong, entire, with a short sharp point. Fruits are inflated, about 1 cm long, about 7-8 mm broad, roundish, covered with white spreading hairs. Tartary Locoweed is found in Kashmir, Ladakh, Tibet; Nepal; India, N.Punjab, W. Turkistan. Flowering: June-September.

Identification credit: J.M. Garg Photographed at Changla Pass, Ladakh.

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