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10. Lespedeza fasciculiflora Franchet, Pl. Delavay. 169. 1890.

束花铁马鞭 shu hua tie ma bian

Herbs, perennial, 60-80 cm tall. Stems much branched at base, procumbent or ascending, densely white hirsute or ad­pressed strigulose. Leaves 3-foliolate; leaflets obcordate or ob­triangular, terminal one 4-9 × 2-7 mm, abaxially densely vil­lous or hoary, adaxially sparsely hairy, subglabrous, or sparsely strigulose, base cuneate, apex emarginate or subtruncate, mu­cronate. Racemes axillary, distinctly overtopping leaves; pedun­cle densely hirsute. Calyx ca. 7 mm, 5-parted; lobes linear-lan­ceolate. Corolla pink, pale purplish red, white, or yellowish, slightly overtopping calyx; standard obovate, ca. 1.3 × 0.6 cm, claw with auriculate appendage at upper part; wings oblong, ca. 5 × 1 mm (claw ca. 2.5 mm); keel subequal to standard. Cleis­togamous flowers in leaf axils, sessile, fruit-bearing. Legume narrowly ovoid, subequal to persistent calyx, densely hirsute, apex long rostrate.

● Sandy grasslands on high mountains, thickets in dry river valleys; 1600-3000 m. ?Guizhou, Sichuan, Xizang, NW Yunnan.

1 Stems and branchlets densely white hirsute; leaflets obcordate, 4-9 × 4-7 mm, abaxially densely villous.   10a var. fasciculiflora
+ Stems and branchlets adpressed strigulose; leaflets obtriangular, 4-7 × 2-4 mm, abaxially densely hoary.   10b var. hengduanshanensis

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