Nilgiri Flemingia
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Nilgiri Flemingia
P Native Herb trifoliate Photo: Prashant Awale
Common name: Nilgiri Flemingia
Botanical name: Flemingia nilgheriensis    Family: Fabaceae (Pea family)
Synonyms: Flemingia vestita var. nilgheriensis, Moghania nilgheriensis

Nilgiri Flemingia is a spreading herb; branchlets several, up to 30 cm, round, covered with long spreading hairs with yellow glands. Leaves are 3-foliolate, densely pilose and yellow gland-dotted below, less so above; leaf-stalk to 1 cm; leaflets nearly stalkless, to 2 x 1.5 cm; mid-leaflet obovate, laterals rhomboid, tip rounded, mucronate; stipules lanceshaped, to 7 x 2 mm, densely pilose above. Inflorescence at branch-ends, spherical, 2 cm wide; stalk to 3 cm; bracts leaf-like, falling off. Calyx densely hairy, hairs bulbous below; sepals twice as long as tube, narrow-lanceshaped, up to 1 cm. Flower are purple; standard obovate, to 7 x 6 mm, hairy and glandular without; wings 5 x 2 mm, clawed; keels 4 x 2 mm, clawed. Pod is ovoid, 5 mm wide, enclosed in calyx; seed 1, ellipsoid.

Identification credit: Prashant Awale Photographed at Kaas, Maharashtra.

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