Ritchie's Desmodium
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Ritchie's Desmodium
ative Photo: Jayesh Patil
Common name: Ritchie's Desmodium
Botanical name: Desmodiastrum racemosum var. rotundifolium    Family: Fabaceae (Pea family)
Synonyms: Desmodium ritchiei, Alysicarpus beddomei, Desmodium rotundifolium

Ritchie's Desmodium is a small annual herb, 15-30 cm tall. It was named in the honour of Captain T. A. Ritchie, 20th century British zoologist and army officer who established the Kenya National Parks. Branches are round, slender. Leaves are round, 1-3 cm across, pointed, hairy beneath, carried on 5-6 mm long threadlike stalks. Flowers are borne in 7-15 cm long racemes in leaf axils and at the end of branches. Lower flowers occur in distant pairs, uppers ones solitary. Flowers are pink, shaped like pea-flowers. Pods are 6-12 mm long. Ritchie's Desmodium is found in the grasslands of Western Ghats. Flowering: August-September.

Identification credit: Jayesh Patil
Photographed at Kas Plateau, Satara, Maharashtra.
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