Medick Rattlepod
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Medick Rattlepod
ative Photo: Krishan Lal
Common name: Medick Rattlepod
Botanical name: Crotalaria medicaginea var. medicaginea    Family: Fabaceae (Pea family)
Synonyms: Crotalaria procumbens, Crotalaria virgata, Indigofera capitata

Medick Rattlepod is a perennial herb, about 30 cm or less tall. Stem is branched, sparsely velvety, hairs prostrate. Leaves are trifoliolate, stalk about 2.5-5.5 mm long. Leaflets are about 6-10 mm long, about 2.5-4.5 mm broad, inverted-lanceshaped to obovate, blunt to flat tipped apiculate, hairless above, velvety below. Leaflet-staks are short; stipules minute, threadlike. Flowers are borne in terminal and leaf-opposed, in 2-6-flowered raceme, appearing much like Medick plants. Bract minute, linear, subulate. Sepal cup is 2.5 mm long, pubescent, teeth acute, longer than the tube. Flowers are yellow. Vexillum about 5-6 mm long, pubescent externally. Fruit is almost spherical, about 4 mm or less long, velvety, beaked, 2-seeded. Medick Rattlepod is found in Pakistan, India, Malay Isles, Afghanistan, China and Australia, at altitudes of 100-1400 m. Flowering: March-August.

Identification credit: Krishan Lal Photographed in Sirmaur Distt, Himachal Pradesh.

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