Meghalaya Rattlepod
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Meghalaya Rattlepod
P Native Photo: Amber Srivastava
Common name: Meghalaya Rattlepod
Botanical name: Crotalaria meghalayensis    Family: Fabaceae (Pea family)

Meghalaya Rattlepod is a highly branched herb, 15-35 cm. It is a newly described species. Flowers are borne in 4-10 flowered clusters. Flowers are deep violet-pinkish, pea-flower shaped. Upper lip abruptly pointed, tip mucronulate, Lower lip pointed. Standard petal is 1-1.5 x 0.5-0.9 cm. hairless. Keel is 1.5 x 0.8 cm, hairless, margins paleceous- woolly. Keel beak is rostrate, long narrow twisted, angled. Leaves are 1.5-3.0 x 0.5-1.8 cm, ovate-elliptic, almost hairless above, hairy with white hair on lower side, more hair on margins and midrib region. Leaf stalks are velvet-hairy with short hairs. Pods are stalked, with 10-20 seeds. Meghalaya Rattlepod is known to be found only in Meghalaya.

Identification credit: J.M. Garg Photographed in Shillong, Meghalaya.

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