Dwarf Winged-Stalk Desmodium
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Dwarf Winged-Stalk Desmodium
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Common name: Dwarf Winged-Stalk Desmodium
Botanical name: Tadehagi pseudotriquetrum    Family: Fabaceae (Pea family)
Synonyms: Desmodium pseudotriquetrum, Pteroloma pseudotriquetrum

Dwarf Winged-Stalk Desmodium is a perennial herb with stem rising up, 30-60 cm tall. Leaves are 1-foliolate; leaf-stalk 0.7-3.2 cm, prominently winged; wing 3-7 mm wide; blade ovate, sometimes ovate-round, 3-10 x 1.3-5.2 cm, usually less than 3 times as long as wide, lateral veins about 8 pairs, not reaching margin but arching and joining together, below sparsely velvet-hairy on veins, above hairless, base heart-shaped, tip pointed. Inflorescences are up to 25 cm, 2- or 3-flowered fascicles at each node. Flower-stalks are about 5 mm, with minute hooked and silky hairs. Sepal-cup is about 5 mm; sepals lanceshaped, slightly longer than tube. Flowers are purplish red, about 7 mm; standard nearly round, notched at tip; wings obovate, base eared; keel sickle shaped, not eared, clawed. Pods are 5-8-jointed, densely white velvet-hairy on both sutures, lateral surfaces netveined, entirely hairless. Himalaya to China and Indo-China, Nansei-shoto to Philippines, New Guinea. is found in sparse forests on mountains in the Himalaya to China and Indo-China, Nansei-shoto to Philippines, New Guinea, at altitudes of 500-2000 m. Flowering: August-October.

Identification credit: Smita Raskar, J.M. Garg Photographed in Churachandpur, Manipur.

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