Bracted Alyce Clover
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Bracted Alyce Clover
ative Photo: Anurag Sharma
Common name: Bracted Alyce Clover
Botanical name: Alysicarpus glumaceus    Family: Fabaceae (Pea family)
Synonyms: Hedysarum glumaceum, Hedysarum violaceum

Bracted Alyce Clover is an erect herb, sparsely frilly hairy. Leaves are 2.5-7.5 x 1-1.5 cm, oblong-elliptic, tip pointed, mucronate, base heart-shaped, erect pilose below. Leaf stalks up to 1 cm, stipules 2, 1.1 cm, blade elliptic, long-pointed, membranous. Flowers are borne in axillary and terminal racemes 6-7 cm, congested, carriedon stalks 3 mm. Bracts are 7 x 4 mm, ovate, calyx deeply 4-lobed, upper 2 cleft, tube 2 mm, lobes 4.5 and 5.5 mm, standard petal 4.5 x 2.5 mm, wing 4 x 0.5 mm, keels 4 mm. Stamen sheath is 4 mm. Pod is usually 1-3 jointed, to 6 mm, transversally rugose, apex with triangular cap; fruiting calyx 1.1 x 0.2 cm. Bracted Alyce Clover is found in Paleotropics, and South India. Flowering: September-December.

Identification credit: Anurag Sharma Photographed at Nandi Hills, Karnataka.

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