Kerala Smithia
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Kerala Smithia
P Native Photo: S. Kasim
Common name: Kerala Smithia
Botanical name: Smithia venkobarowii    Family: Fabaceae (Pea family)
Synonyms: Smithia venkobarowii var. glabra

Kerala Smithia is an erect subshrub, up to 70 cm tall; stem white, yellowish hairy. Leaves are compound with 2-4 pairs of leaflets, 2-2.5 x 0.5 cm, oblong, blunt, with a short sharp point, glaucous beneath, hairless, axis hairy; stipules 1.2 cm long, 2-lobed at base; hairless. Flowers are borne in racemes 2 cm across; congested; bracts deciduous; bracteoles 3 x 1.5 mm, obovate, bristled. Flowers are few, yellow; sepal-cup 7 mm long, lips similar, blunt, sparsely fringed with hairs; standard 1 cm across, yellow. Joints of pods are 3 x 2.5 mm, round, strongly netveined, smooth, 5-7 together. Kerala Smithia is endemic to Southern Western Ghats.

Identification credit: S. Kasim Photographed in Vagamon, Kerala.

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