Five Leaf Rattlepod
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Five Leaf Rattlepod
ative Photo: J. M. Garg
Common name: Five Leaf Rattlepod, Wild wetland sannhemp • Kannada: kambe, kambi • Malayalam: Wellia-tandale-cotti • Telugu: Neerugili gichha
Botanical name: Crotalaria quinquefolia    Family: Fabaceae (Pea family)

Five Leaf Rattlepod is a coarse erect branching herb 1-2 m tall. Stems are greenish and grooved. Leaves are long-petiolate, usually with 5 (rarely 7) leaflets. The leaflets are lanceshaped, elliptic, stalkless, 2.5-12 cm long and 2 cm wide, blunt-tipped. Flowers are in borne in raceme, at the end opf branches. They are yellow, the standard-petal purplish nerved. Sepal cup is hairless, half as long as the petals. Pod are oblong, hairless, inflated, about 5 cm long, brownish, with 30-40 seeds.

Identification credit: Rashida Atthar & Santhosh Kumar
Photographed near Colva Beach, Goa.
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