Lesser Meadow Rue
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Lesser Meadow Rue
P Native Photo: Anzar Khuroo
Common name: Lesser Meadow Rue, Dwarf Meadow Rue
Botanical name: Thalictrum minus    Family: Ranunculaceae (Buttercup family)
Synonyms: Thalictrum vulgare, Thalictrum foetidum var. delponteanum

Lesser Meadow Rue is a wiry-stemmed, widely branched leafy perennial, with numerous nodding greenish-yellow flowers often tinged purple, and with numerous prominent hanging yellow stamens. Flowers are small, petals greenish, about 4 mm. Leaves are glandular-hairy, 3-5-times divided into rounded, irregularly lobed or toothed leaflets, 3-25 mm wide, but very variable, stem 30-120 cm. Seedpods are flattened, ribbed, glandular-hairy, stalkless, with an enlarged lanceshaped beak. Lesser Meadow Rue is found in the Himalaya, from Pakistan to C. Nepal, and Temperate Eurasia, at altitudes of 1500-4700 m. Flowering: June-September.

Identification credit: Gurcharan Singh Photographed in Kashmir.

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