Prostrate Tephrosia
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Prostrate Tephrosia
P Native Photo: Tabish
Common name: Prostrate Tephrosia
Botanical name: Tephrosia subtriflora    Family: Fabaceae (Pea family)
Synonyms: Tephrosia multiflora, Tephrosia pauciflora, Tephrosia vicioides

Prostrate Tephrosia is a prostrate or rising up herb, annual or perennial, stem velvet-hairy. Flowers are tiny, borne in clusters of 2-6 in leaf axils. Flower are pale pinkish purple. Flag petal is 5-8 mm long, velvet-hairy externally, keel hairless. Flower-stalks are about 2-4 mm long. Calyx is velvet-hairy, tube 1-1.5 mm long, sepals triangular-tapering with threadlike tips, 2-5 mm long. The plant varies greatly in its hair, which may be sparse and flat or dense and spreading. Leaves are compound, leaf-stalk up to 2.5 cm long, axis up to 5.5 cm long, leaflets 5-13, up to 4 cm long and 7 mm wide, narrowly oblong, lanceshaped or broadly linear, hairless above and appressly silky below. Pods are up to 4.5 cm long, about 4 mm broad, velvet-hairy, somewhat curved, 5-10-seeded. Prostrate Tephrosia is found in Africa to Madagascar, Arabian Peninsula, Indian Subcontinent to Myanmar.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in NLU Campus, Jodhpur, Rajasthan.

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