Himalayan Snoutbean
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Himalayan Snoutbean
ative Photo: Krishan Lal
Common name: Himalayan Snoutbean • Nepali: बन भट Ban Bhata • Mizo: Zawngbete
Botanical name: Rhynchosia himalensis    Family: Fabaceae (Pea family)

Himalayan Snoutbean is a climber with stem trailing, round, hairs yellow, viscous, up to 10 ft long. Stipules are about 4-5 mm long, hairy. Leaves are trifoliolate, stalk 2.0-5.5 cm long, hairy. Stalks of leafllets are about 2-2.5 mm long, hairy. Leaves are 2.5-7.5 cm long, 1.6-5.5 cm broad, ovate, entire, long-pointed, velvety on both sides. Flowers are borne in a stalks raceme about 15-30 cm long, in leaf axils. Raceme is carried on a stalk 2.5-3.5 cm long. Bract are 5-6 mm long, hairy. Flower-stalks are 3-4 mm long, hairy. Sepal cup is 1.5-1.7 cm long, velvety. teeth very unequal, lower tooth longest, 1.2-1.3 cm long, upper teeth 6-7 mm long. Flowers are yellow, standard petal with brownish purple veins, about 1.4-1.5 cm long. Wing is about 1.2-1.3 cm. Keel about 1.3-1.4 cm. Fruit 2.5-2.8 mm long, 6-8 mm broad. narrow at both ends, velutinous, 2-seeded. Himalayan Snoutbean is found in the Himalayas, from Kumaon, Garhwal, Nepal to China, at altitudes of 2000-2800 ft. Flowering: August.

Identification credit: Krishan Lal Photographed in Sirmaur Distt, Himachal Pradesh.

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