Afghanistan (N); China (N); Xizang Zizhiqu ; India (N) ; Himachal Pradesh; Jammu-Kashmir; Punjab; Uttar Pradesh; Nepal (N); Pakistan (N) as per ILDIS;
Afghanistan to W. China and Nepal: Afghanistan, Nepal, Pakistan, Qinghai, Tibet, West Himalaya as per POWO;


SK656 18 JUL-2017:ID :
Location: Chaile, Mustang, Nepal
Date: 9 April  2017
Altitude: 10500 ft.
Astragalus … ?? 

Pl. Check comparative images at efi site. 

Pl. check with comparative images at Astragalus

I think close to images at Astragalus rhizanthus Benth.

May be some other species as per keys at Flora of China

Astragalus rhizanthus subsp. candolleanus (Benth.) Podlech ?? as in earlier post SK657 19 JUL-2017:ID ??

This is Caragana, but I am not sure of the species.

I tried all species listed in Checklist of Nepal, as per  

Also appears closer to Caragana spinifera Kom. as given in Flora of Bhutan as per GBIF Specimen

Flora of Bhutan gives the following keys:
1. Wing petals with a linear appendage at base almost as long as the claw Species 1 (C. jubata (Pallas) Poiret; C. chambica Prain) & 2 (C. sukiensis Schneider; C. nepalensis Kitamura)
+ Wing petals with rounded auricles at base ………………. .. 3. C. spinifera.

Did not find listing/ distribution in Nepal 

Caragana gerardiana Benth. ??

Yes, appears close as per GBIFSpecimen.
Is it the only species mentioned in the book on Flora of Mustang?

Thank you … I have sent the excerpts from the book in other mail.
Hope both are correct!

SK657 19 JUL-2017:ID : 5 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (10)
Location: Chaile, Mustang, Nepal
Date: 9 April  2017
Altitude: 10500 ft.
Is this the same as SK656 18 JUL-2017:ID ??

Seems like Caragana sukiensis

Both ?

I also think Astragalus or similar genera. Pl. Check comparative images in efi site.

Pl. check comparative images at Astragalus

I find it closer to images at Astragalus rhizanthus subsp. candolleanus (Benth.) Podlech as per comparative images at Astragalus

May be some other species as per keys at Flora of China.

Caragana gerardiana Benth. ??

Yes, appears close as per GBIFSpecimen.
Is it the only species mentioned in the book on Flora of Mustang?

Attachments (4)- 3 book pages.


Astragalus for specific identification:: NS May 2022: 7 images.
Please suggest identification for this Astragalus sp.
It was photographed recently from Kangra District, Himachal Pradesh..

Can this be Caragana brevispina Benth. ??  as uploaded by …, a few days back..

I think it looks different from the images at Caragana brevispina Benth.
Also could not find a match as per comparative images at Astragalus.
What elevation ?
What are the listed species from Himachal?

The flowers in this shrub plant are stalkless and solitary so ruling out Caragana brevispina.
The other two species known from Western Himalaya with such long spines and solitary stalkless flower is Caragana gerardiana and Caragana sukiensis and both of them looks quite similar except for latter having ear like extension to the wing petal and papery free stipules which falls soon. Also C. sukiensis is known to occurs as low as 2400 m elevation.
I am attaching list of all Caragana species known from Indian Himalayan Region and a picture from Flowers of Himlaya book differentiating between the two, hoping this may help to confirm.
… may be know the approx. elevation?
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Thank you very much … for detailed analysis of the post…
I can say that that the altitude may be around 2500 m.. it was above Mcleodganj, on way to Triund..!!

On checking species listed in Himachal Pradesh as given by …, I find it close to images/ specimens of Caragana gerrardiana as per POWO  specimen and GBIF specimen- one
Pl. check.


POWO (Caragana gerrardiana Benth.) Catalogue of Life (Caragana gerardiana Benth.) The Plant List Ver.1.1 (Caragana gerardiana Benth.ILDIS  IPNI (Caragana gerardiana Benth.) GBIF (High resolution specimens) Specimen  Flora of China  FOC illustration  Flora of Pakistan  Annotated checklist of Flowering plants of Nepal  PFAF  Plant illustrations  Useful Tropical Plants  JAMMU & KASHMIR MEDICINAL PLANTS INTRODUCTION CENTRE  treesandshrubsonline