Congested Flower Smithia
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Congested Flower Smithia
ative Photo: Dinesh Valke
Common name: Congested Flower Smithia • Malayalam: Elakanni, Thiruthali • Marathi: Naichibha • Tamil: Elakanni • Nepali: लक्ष्मन बुटी Laxman Buti
Botanical name: Smithia conferta var. conferta    Family: Fabaceae (Pea family)
Synonyms: Smithia hispidissima

Congested Flower Smithia is an annual herb, 3-4 ft long. Branches are long, straight loke a rod, straggling, smooth with very long intemodes below. Alternately arranged leaves are small, compound. Rachis is bristly. Leaflets are 8-16, 0.6-1.2 cm long, oblong, blunt, with a short point at the tip. Leaves are hairless above. Yellow flowers appear in pairs in the axils of upper leaves, crowded at the end of branches. They are shaped like pea flowers. Flowering: November.

Identification credit: J.M. Garg, Aparna Watve Photographed in Maharashtra.

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