Neglected Rattlepod
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Neglected Rattlepod
P Native Photo: S. Kasim
Common name: Neglected Rattlepod • Hindi: Gugario, Gulabi • Marathi: Jenjaru, Zenzue
Botanical name: Crotalaria medicaginea var. neglecta    Family: Fabaceae (Pea family)
Synonyms: Crotalaria neglecta

Neglected Rattlepod is an ascending or prostrate herb or subshrub, 30-60 cm high; stems usually appressed velvet-hairy. Leaves are 3-foliolate; leaflets linear to obovate, 0.5-3.6 cm long, 1-10 mm wide, upper surface hairless and minutely stippled, lower surface hoary or velvet-hairy; leaf-stalk 4-15 mm long; stipules about 1.5 mm long. Flowers are borne in racemes up to 17 cm long, 4-25-flowered, flower-stalks up to 6 mm long. Flowers are 4-12 mm long, yellow, often streaked with red; wings 4-8 mm long; keel with beak 3.5-10 mm long, twisted tightly at tip. Sepal-cup is about 4 mm long, velvet-hairy. Pod 3-5 mm long, velvet-hairy; seeds about 2 mm long. Neglected Rattlepod is found in China (Yunnan) to Tropical Asia and Australia.

Identification credit: S. Kasim Photographed in Hogenakkal, Dharmapuri Dist, Tamil Nadu.

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