Purple Meadow Rue
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Purple Meadow Rue
ative Photo: Pravir Deshmukh
Common name: Purple Meadow Rue
Botanical name: Thalictrum reniforme    Family: Ranunculaceae (Buttercup family)

Purple Meadow Rue is a beautiful Meadow-Rue from East Himalayas, with unusually large purple flowers. Plant is 0.8-1.5 m tall, glandular velvet-hairy. Stems are branched. Basal leaves wither away at maturity. Stem leaves, carried on 2-6 cm long stalks, are 3-pinnate, about 20 cm. Leaflets are broadly ovate, circular-ovate, or rhombic-obovate, 1.2-2.5 × 1.5-3.2 cm, herbaceous, glandular velvety below, base rounded or heart-shaped, margin 3-lobed. Flowers are borne in panicles 20-30 cm across. Flower-stalks are 0.8-2.5 cm, glandular hairy. Sepals are 4, purple-pink, ovate or orbicular-ovate, 9-13 × 6-10 mm. Stamens are many, about 8 mm, with threadlike filaments. Anthers are yellow, linear, 3-4 mm, with mucronate tips. Carpels are 15-20, style about 1.5 mm, slightly longer than ovary, stigma oblong. Seed-pods are glandular hairy, obliquely narrowly obovoid, compressed, about 6 × 2.6 mm. Purple Meadow Rue is found in Bhutan, Nepal, Sikkim and parts of China, at altitudes of 3100-3700 m. Flowering: July-October.

Identification credit: Pravir Deshmukh Photographed in Tawang District, Arunachal Pradesh.

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