Double Paired Smithia
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Double Paired Smithia
ative Photo: Dinesh Valke
Common name: Double Paired Smithia • Marathi: लहान कावळा lahan kawala
Botanical name: Smithia bigemina    Family: Fabaceae (Pea family)
Synonyms: Damapana bigemina, Smithia agharkarii

Double Paired Smithia is an annual herb, 15-30 cm tall, with bristly branches. Leaves are strange, with two pairs of almost stalkless leaflets, 9-12 mm long, 4.5-9 mm broad. The species name bigemina precisely means double paired. Leaflets are obovate, serrated, tip blunt and bristle-pointed, base rounded or subacute. Inflorescence is a 2-8-flowered peduncled axillary cyme. Sepal cup is bristly, 2-lipped; lower lip 3-lobed, upper slightly notched. Petals are yellow with bluish striations, 0.5-0.6 cm; wing petals with transverse folds. Pods are 6-8 jointed, joints reticulate. Flowering: September-December.

Identification credit: Dinesh Valke Photographed at Kas plateau, Satara, Maharashtra.

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