Knife-like Meadow Rue
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Knife-like Meadow Rue
ative Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Knife-like Meadow Rue
Botanical name: Thalictrum cultratum    Family: Ranunculaceae (Buttercup family)
Synonyms: Thalictrum deciternatum

Knife-like Meadow Rue is a herbacious plant found in the Himalayas, at altitudes of 2400-4200. Flowers are small, greenish white, in large much-branched clusters, borne on arching leafy stems, 2-4 ft tall. Petals are 5 mm long - stamens are twice as long, and protrude out. Filaments are purple, thread-like, and anthers are slender. Leaves are divided several times into ultimate stalked oval leaflets less than 1.3 cm across. Leaflets have rounded or wedge-shaped bases and a few rounded or sharp teeth. Achenes are flat, short-stalked, 3-ribbed, and have a slender curved beak. Flowering: June-August.

Identification credit: Nongthombam Ullysess Photographed in Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand.

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