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9. Thermopsis inflata Cambessèdes in Jacquemont, Voy. Inde. 4(Bot.): 35. 1835.

轮生叶野决明 lun sheng ye ye jue ming

Perennial herbs, 10-20 cm tall. Stems erect, branched, white. Stipules broadly obovate, acute, 1.5-2.5 cm; petiole 1-3 mm, or leaves sessile; leaflets obovate, 1-2.5 × to 1.6 cm, white spreading villous abaxially, especially when young, glabrous adaxially, base cuneate, asymmetric, apex acute. Racemes lax, 3-10 cm; bracts 1-1.5 cm; peduncle 5-7 mm. Calyx 16-20 mm, slightly gibbous, white villous. Corolla yellow, ca. 2.5 cm, pet­als subequal. Ovary 12-17-ovuled, linear, with 5-10 mm stipe. Legume pale brown, broadly ovate, 3-5 × 1.8-3 cm, inflated, curved downward, white villous, base with stipe equal to calyx, apex rounded, with a long beak exserted from dorsal suture. Seeds numerous, black, reniform, 6-7 × 4-5 mm, smooth. Fl. Jun-Jul, fr. Jul-Aug.

Gravelly meadows by lakes or streams, slopes, alpine rocky cliffs; 4500-5000 m. S Xinjiang, Xizang [Bhutan, NE India, Kashmir, Nepal, Pakistan].


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