White Hoary Pea
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White Hoary Pea
ative Photo: Tabish
Common name: White Hoary Pea, White tephrosia • Hindi: लशतिया Lashtia, Ban tor • Kannada: Kaashi agasthe, Koggi gida, Kolinji • Bengali: Bangara • Oriya: ghirdi • Konkani: Dieng toh • Assamese: Bangali dadigdiga, Bilakshani, bilokhoni, Bilookhoni • Sanskrit: Sarapunkha
Botanical name: Tephrosia candida     Family: Fabaceae (Pea family)
Synonyms: Cracca candida, Xiphocarpus candidus

White Hoary Pea is an erect shrub, growing up to 2.5 m tall. Branches are covered with silky-brown hairs. Leaves are compound, with 13-27 leaflets. Leaflets are narrowly ovate, with a sharp or blunt tip, 2.5-7.5 cm long, 0.6-1.3 cm wide, smooth above, densely silky below. White pea-like flowers appear in racemes on branches. The racemes are up to 25 cm long. Flowers are 2-2.5 cm long. Sepal cup is 5-8 mm long, with the sepals shorter than tube, densely hairy. Seed-pods are 6-10 cm long, 8-9 mm wide, densely covered with brown or grey hairs. White Hoary Pea is found in the Himalayas, at altitudes of 300-1300 m.

Identification credit: Navendu Pāgé Photographed in Imphal, Manipur.

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