Many-Flowered Desmodium
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Many-Flowered Desmodium
ative Photo: Nidhan Singh
Common name: Many-Flowered Desmodium • Nepali: बाख्रे घाँस Baakhre Ghaans, भटमासे फूल Bhatamaase Phool, कैरोची kairochee, भट्टे Bhatte, लहरे साजन Lahare Saajan, तिल Til
Botanical name: Ototropis multiflora    Family: Fabaceae (Pea family)
Synonyms: Desmodium multiflorum, Desmodium nepalense, Desmodium floribundum

Many-Flowered Desmodium is an erect shrub, branches gray silky. Leaves are trifoliolate, with 2.5-6.5 cm long stalk. Leaflets are 7.5-10 cm long, about 5 cm broad, ovate or obovate, rounded at both ends, with a small point at the tip, hairless above, densely appressed hairy below. Stipules are about 7.5 mm long. Flowers are borne in panicles in leaf axils and at branch ends. Flowers are solitary or in pairs. Bracts are 6-7 mm long. Flower-stalks are 5-6 mm long. Sepal cup is 4 mm long, velvety, teeth as long as the tube. Flowers are 7.5-10.0 mm long, lilac. Pod is 1.8-2.5 cm long, upper suture slightly or more indented, the lower deeply indented, articles 2.5-4.0 mm long, appressed pubescent. Many-Flowered Desmodium is found in the Himalayas, from Kashmir to Bhutan, Assam, SE Asia and China, at altitudes of 1800-2600 m. Flowering: June-September.

Identification credit: Nidhan Singh, J.M. Garg Photographed in Chakrata, Uttarakhand.

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