Lined-Petal Rattlepod
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Lined-Petal Rattlepod
P Native Photo: Dinesh Valke
Common name: Lined-Petal Rattlepod
Botanical name: Crotalaria walkeri    Family: Fabaceae (Pea family)
Synonyms: Crotalaria semperflorens var. walkeri

Lined-Petal Rattlepod is a climbing shrubs with stems thinly hairy. Leaves are up to 7 x 2.5 cm, elliptic-lanceshaped, pointed, apiculate, rounded at base, rough along the nerves; stipules 5 mm long, ovate; tapering, deflexed. Flowers are borne in racemes 10-20-flowered, at branch-ends; bracts 6 x 4 mm, ovate-heart-shaped at base, deflexed; bracteoles at the middle of the flower-stalk. Flowers are 3 cm long, standard round, yellow with pink lines, wings and keels smaller. Pods are 4 x 2.3 cm, oblong. Lined-Petal Rattlepod is found in South India and Sri Lanka. Flowering: November-January.

Identification credit: Dinesh Valke Photographed along Charmadi Ghat, Karnataka.

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