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18. Hedysarum falconeri Baker in J. D. Hooker, Fl. Brit. India. 2: 146. 1876.

藏西岩黄耆 zang xi yan huang qi

Herbs, perennial, 45-60 cm tall. Stems erect, solid. Stip­ules connate. Leaves 15-20 cm, (11-)15-21(-27)-foliolate; leaf­let blades elliptic, ovate, or oblong-elliptic, 1.5-3 × 0.6-1.5 cm, abaxially pubescent, adaxially glabrous or sparsely pubes­cent. Racemes with many flowers; bracts lanceolate, (1-)3-10 mm; peduncle longer than leaves. Pedicel 3-5 mm. Calyx cam­panulate, 7-9 mm, pilose; teeth subulate, most abaxial tooth slightly longer than others. Corolla purple; standard obovate, 1.7-2 cm; wings shorter than standard, with auricle less than 1/2 as long as claw; keel ± as long as standard. Ovary pubes­cent. Legume divided into 1-3 articles; articles ellipsoid, com­pressed, pubescent, margin irregularly dentate.

Alpine areas. W Xizang? [N Afghanistan, Kashmir, NW Paki­stan].

No specimens of this species from China have been seen by the authors. It is likely that all the specimens, including the lectotype of Hedysarum falconeri (Falconer 441), that were cited as being from "West Tibet" by Baker (Fl. Brit. India 2: 146. 1846) and by H. Ohashi and Tateishi (Fl. E. Himalaya, 3rd. Rep. 377. 1975) are actually from the Karakoram mountains in NW Pakistan.


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