Trailing Wild Hops
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Trailing Wild Hops
P Native Photo: Ashutosh Sharma
Common name: Trailing Wild Hops
Botanical name: Flemingia fruticulosa    Family: Fabaceae (Pea family)
Synonyms: Maughania fruticulosa, Flemingia strobilifera var. fruticulosa

Trailing Wild Hops is a trailing undershrub, young branches densely woolly. Leaves are unifoliolate, 2.5-10.0 cm long, elliptic, ovate or nearly round, blunt, rarely somewhat pointed, becoming hairless above, velvet-hairy on the nerves and gland dotted below; leaf-stalk 2.5-5.0 mm long; stipules 2.5-10 mm long. Flowers are borne in branch-end racemes, 7.5-15.0 cm long; flowers appearing in clusters, hidden by distichously arranged bracts. Bracts are up to 2.5 cm long, about 3.2 cm broad, kidney-shaped, folded, broader than long, slightly notched, leaf-stalk short, stipules persistent. Sepal-cup is 6-6.5 mm long, brown silky, teeth exceeding the tube. Flowers are white, slightly exceeding the sepal-cup. Fruit is 7.5-8.0 mm long, velvet-hairy. Trailing Wild Hops is native to the Indian Subcontinent to China. It is also found in the Himalayas. Flowering: August-October.

Identification credit: Ashutosh Sharma Photographed in Kullu Distt., Himachal Pradesh.

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