Hairy Smithia
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Hairy Smithia
ative pinnate Photo: Prashant Awale
Common name: Hairy Smithia • Marathi: कावला Kawla
Botanical name: Smithia hirsuta     Family: Fabaceae (Pea family)

Hairy Smithia is a slender, erect herb, 30-35 cm tall. The stem, either unbranched or with a few ascending branches, is covered by yellowish, glandular-based hairs. Leaves are pinnately compound, leaflets 2-4 pairs, each 6-10 x 2-5 mm, obovate or oblong, serrate, apex rounded, bristle-tipped. Flowers yellow, in few-flowered, compact racemes at the end of branches. The flowers have 5 free petals - "standard" petal with reddish marks on 2 sides. Flowering:September-October.

Identification credit: Prashant Awale Photographed in Maharashtra.

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