Virgate Meadow Rue
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Virgate Meadow Rue
ative Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Virgate Meadow Rue • Nepali: दाम्पाते Daampaate
Botanical name: Thalictrum virgatum    Family: Ranunculaceae (Buttercup family)

Virgate Meadow Rue is plant 15-65 cm tall, hairless. Stems are branched or simple, smooth. Stem leaves are 7-10, simple, deeply rounded-lobed. They are broadly rhombic or broadly rhombic-triangular, 1.1-2.5 x 0.6-2.4 cm, papery or thinly leathery, base wedge-shaped to rounded or heart-shaped, tip rounded, 3-lobed. Lobes are toothed. Inflorescence is simple or compound. Flower-stalks are slender, 0.8-1.8 mm. Sepals are 4 or 5, deciduous, white or pinkish, ovate, 4-8 × 2.5-4 mm. Stamens are 4-7 mm, longer than petals - filament narrowly linear, anther narrowly oblong, tip blunt. Carpels are 10-25, stigma persistent, about 0.3 mm. Virgate Meadow Rue is found in Eastern Himalayas, from Nepal to Bhutan and W. China, at altitudes of 2400-4500 m. Flowering: June-August.

Identification credit: Nongthombam Ullysess
Photographed enroute to Tsomgo Lake, Sikkim.

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