Shrub or small tree up to 10 m. high; stems varying from densely pubescent or puberulous to almost glabrous, and also ± sparsely armed with scattered straight or slightly recurved prickles 2-10 mm. long. Leaves unarmed, petiole 0·3-1·7 cm. long; rhachis 1·3-9·5 cm. long, with 3-9 pairs of pinnae; leaflets 10-30 pairs (the lowest pair very reduced, ± equal, subulate), 4-12 x 0·8-2·6 mm., linear-oblong, venation basal and pinnate, prominent beneath; margins ± ciliate, not setulose. Flowers whitish, in subglobose pedunculate heads 0·7-1·7 cm. in diam., clustered 1-4 together along the leafless branches of a terminal panicle; clusters leafless or with pinnate bracts up to c. 3 mm. long. Calyx 0·3-0·5 mm. long. Corolla c. 1·5-2·5 mm. long. Stamens 8(10). Pods brown, 2-6 x 0·5-0·7 cm., without bristles or prickles, glabrous or almost so, breaking up transversely into segments c. 5-7 mm. long, the margins persisting as an empty frame.
... attaching a cropped version of the original-sized photo; may help in getting closer to flowers and leaves.
Dear KennethSimla is a hill station in NW Himalayas (a touch of submediterranean temperate climate), with altitude around 7000 ft above sea level, with some peaks in the area climbing to 12000 feet or so.
Dr. Gurcharan Singh
Retired Associate Professor
SGTB Khalsa College, University of Delhi, Delhi-110007
Res: 932 Anand Kunj, Vikas Puri, New Delhi-110018.
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