Purple Palas Climber
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Purple Palas Climber
P Native Photo: Dinesh Valke
Common name: Purple Palas Climber • Malayalam: Vallichamatha
Botanical name: Spatholobus purpureus    Family: Fabaceae (Pea family)
Synonyms: Butea purpurea

Purple Palas Climber is a large climber with stems downy. Leaves are trifoliate, leaflets ovate-oblong, abruptly tapering, rounded at base, hairless, lateral nerves 6 pairs, regular; leaf-stalk 7 cm long. Flowers are borne in panicles 18 x 10 cm, at branch-ends, rusty downy; flower-stalks 4 mm long, slender. Flowers many, light pink; sepal-cup 2.5 mm long, sepals blunt; standard 8 x 5 mm, obovate; wings 6 mm long, slightly velvet-hairy; keel hairless. Pods are 10 x 2.5 cm, oblong, narrowed at both ends, compressed and thin. Purple Palas Climber is found in Western Ghats and Myanmar.

Identification credit: Anoop Balan Photographed at Agumbe, Karnataka.

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