Smooth Himalayan Pea
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Smooth Himalayan Pea
P Native Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Smooth Himalayan Pea
Botanical name: Lathyrus emodi    Family: Fabaceae (Pea family)
Synonyms: Lathyrus laevigatus subsp. emodi, Orobus emodi

Smooth Himalayan Pea is an erect perennial herb 60-100 cm tall, with stalked clusters of bright yellow or orange flowers in leaf axils. Flower racemes are carried on flower-cluster-stalk 5-12 cm long. Flower-stalks are 2-4 mm long. Flowers are cream or rose-pink, turning yellow and then orange. Vexillum is 2.3-3.0 cm, wing 2.1-2.2 cm. Keel is about 2.2-2.3 cm. Sepal-cup is about 9 mm long, hairless, cup oblique, teeth unequal, upper about 0.5 mm long, lower about 3 mm long. Stipules are lateral, leaf-like, 1.5-3.2 cm long, hairless. Leaves are pinnately compound, axis (including leaf-stalk) 5-14 cm long, hairless, leaf-stalk 10-32 mm long. Leaflet-stalk about 1 mm long, hairy; leaflets 4-10, 3.2-8.5 cm long, 1.3-4.0 cm broad, elliptic, entire, blunt, with a short sharp point, hairless above, finely velvet-hairy below. Pods are 4.8-6.0 cm long, 7-8 mm broad, hairless. Smooth Himalayan Pea is found in the Himalayas, from Afghanistan to Nepal, at altitudes of 2700-3000 m. Flowering: June-September.

Identification credit: Tabish, Ashutosh Sharma, Gurcharan Singh Photographed in Lahaul & Kullu District, Himachal Pradesh.

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