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Wedge-Leaf Chesneya   
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Wedge-Leaf Chesneya
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Common name: Wedge-Leaf Chesneya
Botanical name: Chesneya cuneata    Family: Fabaceae (Pea family)
Synonyms: Calophaca cuneata, Caragana cuneata, Gueldenstaedtia cuneata

Wedge-Leaf Chesneya is a tufted perennial herb with a thick woody taproot, with short crowded stems with hairy pinnate leaves, and with short-stalked somewhat large pink-purple flowers. Flowers are pea-flower-shaped, 1-4 in each cluster. Standard petal is 2-3 cm, hairy outside. Sepal cup is cylindrical, about 1.8 cm long, velvety-haired. Leaves are 2-5 cm long, leaflets oblong to obovate, 5-16 mm long, with blunt or nothed tip, velvety-haired. Stems are up to 15 cm long. Pods are 4-5.7 cm long, becoming hairless. Wedge-Leaf Chesneya is found on stony slopes in the Himalayas, from Pakistan to Kashmir, at altitudes of 2400-4300 m. It is common in Ladakh. Flowering: June-September.

Photographed in Ladakh.
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