Colutea nepalensis Sims (syn: Colutea arborescens var. nepalensis (Sims) Baker; Colutea persica var. buhsei sensu Rech.f. (misapplied); Colutea rostrata “Gilli,p.p.B”);
Afghanistan (N); China (N); Quinghai; Xizang Zizhiqu ; India (N) ; Himachal Pradesh ; Jammu-Kashmir; Punjab ; Uttar Pradesh; Nepal (N) as per ILDIS;
Fwd: Colutea nepalensis – a new genus and species for eFI : 1 post by 1 author.
Looks like I am becoming a botanical ‘twitcher’. Perhaps … can keep track of the number of NEW entries … and I each make every month plus any other ‘challengers’!
Not sure if the terminology ‘birder’ and ‘twitcher’ have been adopted in Indian ornithology?
These are the first quality images I have seen of this species Colutea nepalensis, which is not something I have come across in the wild. There are records for Ladakh by Dickore & Klimes but not Stewart who knew it in Kurram, Astor, Chitral though at only @ 1500-2400m, which is a problem because, as far as I know, the lowest part of Ladakh is c. 2700m.
There are several Coluteas in Pakistan such as C.armata found in Juniper tracts in Baluchistan.
See: http://photos.v-d-brink.eu/Flora-and-Fauna/Asia/Pakistan-new/i-PC7fDff and following 3 images incl. pods.
Marijn photographed his plants at a higher elevation than Stewart records and he had no records for Baltistan or Ladakh.
Flowers of Himalaya, understandably does not cover this species, just C.multiflora from Central & East Nepal. All Coluteas have inflated, bladder-like, papery fruits.
The genus is commonly known as ‘Bladder Senna’.
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