Sweet-Scented Snoutbean
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Sweet-Scented Snoutbean
P Native Photo: S. Kasim
Common name: Sweet-Scented Snoutbean
Botanical name: Rhynchosia suaveolens    Family: Fabaceae (Pea family)
Synonyms: Glycine suaveolens, Hedysarum venosum

Sweet-Scented Snoutbean is a sticky-hairy erect undershrubs. Leaves are alternate, trifoliolate; leaflets up to 8 cm long, pointed, ovate tapering. Flower-cluster-stalks arise in leaf-axils, 2-flowered. Flowers are yellow; bracts usually falling off; Calyx not accrescent, sepals lanceshaped, tapering, nearly equal. Petals are included or protruding. Stamens are diadelphous; anthers uniform. Ovary nearly stalkless, usually 2-rarely 1-ovuled; style long, thread-like, much incurved; stigma capitate. Pod is indented without between the seeds and with a partition within; seeds 2. Sweet-Scented Snoutbean is found in South India and Sri Lanka. Flowering: November-December.

Identification credit: S. Kasim Photographed at Vellore, Tamil Nadu.

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