Hairy-Pod Rattlepod
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Hairy-Pod Rattlepod
P Native Photo: S. Kasim
Common name: Hairy-Pod Rattlepod
Botanical name: Crotalaria clarkei    Family: Fabaceae (Pea family)

Hairy-Pod Rattlepod is an almost erect herbs with stem four-edged, hairy. Leaves are simple, up to 4 x 1.3 cm, oblong, blunt, somewhat heart-shaped at base, hairy below; leaf-stalk 1 mm long; stipule 5 x 3 mm, ovate, oblique. Flowers are borne in racemes 6-10 cm long, at branch-ends or in leaf-axils; bracts 4 x 3 mm, ovate, heart-shaped. Flowers are few, yellow. Standard petals is 10 x 3 cm, hairy outside; wings 9 x 3 mm, blunt; keel 1 cm long, fringed with hairs. Sepal-cup is 1 cm long, sepals tapering, densely reddish-yellow. Pods are 25 x 9 mm, oblong, densely hairy. Hairy-Pod Rattlepod is endemic to Western Ghats. Flowering: November-January.

Identification credit: S. Kasim, Anoop P. Balan, M.V. Krishnaraj Photographed in Vagamon, Kerala.

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