Kerala Kunstleria
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Kerala Kunstleria
P Native Photo: Prashant Awale
Common name: Kerala Kunstleria • Malayalam: Mutharivalli, Kariveppilavalli
Botanical name: Kunstleria keralensis    Family: Fabaceae (Pea family)

Kerala Kunstleria is a large climber with stems slender. Leaves are imparipinnate; leaflets opposite, 9-11 to 16 x 5 cm, ovate-oblong, tapering, rounded at base, membranous; nerves 4 pairs, netveined; axis to 25 cm long. Flowers are borne in panicles at branch-ends and in leaf-axils, branches slender, rusty woolly; bracts and bracteoles minute. Flowers are distantly packed; calyx 3 mm long, bell-shaped, rusty woolly; petals brownish, 5 mm across; standard round, hairless; stamens 9 + 1; anthers uniform; ovary stalkless, few-ovuled. Pods 11 x 2 cm, flat, oblong blunt, prominently netveined; seed 1, oblong. Kerala Kunstleria is endemic to Southern Western Ghats.

Identification credit: Navendu Pāgé Photographed at Doraikatte Hill top, Yana region, Karnataka.

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