Purple Smithia
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Purple Smithia
ative Photo: Prashant Awale
Common name: Purple Smithia • Marathi: बरका Barka, Burkur
Botanical name: Smithia purpurea    Family: Fabaceae (Pea family)

The genus Smithia is named in honour of Sir James Edward Smith, 1759-1828. Purple Smithia is a small annual herb, 0.5-1 ft tall. Stem erect, branched, glabrous. Stalkless leaves are pinnate, with oblong leaflets having a bristle at the tip. Purple flowers, about 1 cm across, occur in racemes of 6-12 flowers. The round "standard" petal and the "wings" are marked with white spots. Flowering: October.

Identification credit: Prashant Awale Photographed at Bhimashankar, Maharashtra.

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