Himalayan Tibetia
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Himalayan Tibetia
ative Photo: Elizabeth Byers
Common name: Himalayan Tibetia
Botanical name: Tibetia himalaica    Family: Fabaceae (Pea family)
Synonyms: Gueldenstaedtia himalaica, Gueldenstaedtia uniflora

Himalayan Tibetia is a mat-forming perennial herb with smally compound leaves, which are often densely silky-haired. Leaflets are obovate to inverted-heart-shaped. Flowers are shaped like pea-flowers, deep mauve to dark red, borne on threadlike stalks. Flowers are generally borne singly, but can be in groups of 1-3. They are 7-9 mm across, with the standard petal broader than long. Wings are broadly obovate, keel very short. Sepal cup is 3 mm, hairy, with unequal sepals. Pod is about 1.3 cm, hairless. Himalayan Tibetia is found in the Himalayas, from Uttarakhand to Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet and China, at altitudes of 3300-4500 m. Flowering: June-August.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in Eastern Himalayas.

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