Slender Spiked Rattlepod
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Slender Spiked Rattlepod
ative Photo: Dinesh Valke
Common name: Slender Spiked Rattlepod • Hindi: खुलखुली khul-khuli • Marathi: डोंगरी ताग dongari tag
Botanical name: Crotalaria leptostachya    Family: Fabaceae (Pea family)

Slender Spiked Rattlepod is an erect annual herb, growing to 1-2 m tall. Stem and branches are stout, quadrangled and hairy. The species name leptostachya means, having slender spikes. Alternately arranged leaves, 8-10 cm long, are oblong-lancelike, and nearly stalkless. Leaves are membranous, and have rounded bases. Yellow pea-like, short-stalked flowers occur on slender spikes. Pods are stalkless, oblong, 1.5-2.0 cm long, densely yellow-silky; seeds 4-6. Slender Spiked Rattlepod is found in Western Ghats.

Identification credit: Dinesh Valke Photographed at Tungareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary, Maharsahtra.

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