Rough Rattlepod
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Rough Rattlepod
P Native Photo: Ashutosh Sharma
Common name: Rough Rattlepod
Botanical name: Crotalaria scabra    Family: Fabaceae (Pea family)

Rough Rattlepod is a densely brown hairy shrub with brownish yellow flowers, 1.5-2 cm long. Standard petal has a line of brown hair along midrib; wings with transverse scaly folds; keels cottony on inner margins. Staminal sheath 4-5 mm long, filaments 4-6 mm long, style 0.8-1 cm long. Sepal-cup is 1-1.5 cm long, densely hairy; sepals 5, almost equal. Flowers are borne in few flowered racemes with flowers up to the tip of racemes. Leaves 2-3 x 1-1.5 cm, blunt at tip, round at base; margins recurved. Stipules are thread-like, 0.5-0.7 cm long. Pods are 3-3.5 x 1.2-1.5 cm, oblong. Seeds are 3-4 mm in diameter, concavo-convex. Rough Rattlepod is endemic to Southern Western Ghats. Flowering: January-March.

Identification credit: Ashutosh Sharma Photographed in Kanyakumari Wildlife Sanctuary, Tamil Nadu.

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