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Smooth Rattlepod   
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Smooth Rattlepod
ative Photo: Dinesh Valke
Common name: Smooth Rattlepod, salts rattlebox, smooth crotalaria, streaked rattlepod, striped crotalaria • Hindi: सन san • Marathi: जंगली ताग jungali tag • Assamese: Ghantakaran • Nepali: छिन-छिने Chhin-chhine
Botanical name: Crotalaria pallida    Family: Fabaceae (Pea family)
Synonyms: Crotalaria mucronata, Crotalaria striata

Smooth Rattlepod is a perennial herb or subshrub, with stems ascending or erect, 1-2 m tall. Leaves are trifoliate, leaflets elliptic, ovate, or oblanceolate, 2.8-9.5 cm long, 1.2-4.5 cm wide. Leaf base is wedge-shaped or rounded, with leaf stalk 2.2-6.7 cm long. Flowers are 1-1.5 cm long, 22-75 in terminal, somewhat lax inflorescences about 15-40 cm long. Petals are yellow with lines near base, standard petal 0.9-1.2 cm long, 7-9 mm wide, keel petals striate, with nontwisted prolonged beak. Pods brown at maturity, 3.5-3.8 cm long.

Identification credit: Dinesh Valke
Photographed at Khandala Ghat, Maharashtra.
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