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Himalayan Meadow Rue
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Himalayan Meadow Rue
P Native Photo: Ashutosh Sharma
Common name: Himalayan Meadow Rue
Botanical name: Thalictrum chelidonii    Family: Ranunculaceae (Buttercup family)
Synonyms: Thalictrum cysticarpum

Himalayan Meadow Rue is a slender perennial herb about 1 m tall, can grow up to 3 m, with few relatively large lilac or mauve flowers 1-2 cm across in branched hairless clusters. Petals are 4, elliptic blunt, and flowers are carried on very slender stalks. Stamens are many, about 4.5 mm; anther yellowish, narrowly oblong, 1.5--2 mm Leaves are large, triple compound, with numerous rounded-heart-shaped lobed or toothed leaflets 2-3 cm, pale beneath. Stems are usually much branched. Achenes to 1 cm, long-stalked, flattened, net-veined. Himalayan Meadow Rue is found in forests, shrubberies in the Himalayas, from Kashmir to SE Tibet, Burma, at altitudes of 2300-3600 m. Flowering: July-September.

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

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