Common name: Horse Bush • Marathi: पांढरा चिकटा pandhra chikta • Kannada: ಜೇನು ಕಡ್ಡಿ ಗಿಡ jenu kaddi gida
Botanical name: Dendrolobium umbellatum Family: Fabaceae (Pea family)
Synonyms: Desmodium umbellatum, Hedysarum umbellatum
Horse Bush is a large shrub, growing to 2-3 m tall. Branches are
cylindrical, tapering and velvety. Leaves are trifoliate, 7-15 cm long,
with 2-3 cm long stalks. Leaflets are 4-7 cm long, leathery, ovate-oblong,
blunt-tipped. Flowers are borne in 6-12 flowered umbels in leaf axils.
Umbels are 3-5 cm across, carried on stalks 8-12 mm long. Flowers are
white, shaped like pea flowers. A close species is Desmodium
triangulare which has 3-angled stem, branches.
Identification credit: Dinesh Valke
|Photographed at Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Mumbai.|