Tuberous Flemingia
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Tuberous Flemingia
ative Photo: Anand Amembal
Common name: Tuberous Flemingia
Botanical name: Flemingia tuberosa    Family: Fabaceae (Pea family)
Synonyms: Moghania tuberosa

Tuberous Flemingia is a Under shrubs; stems 0.9-1.2 m long, climbing or trailing. Branches are round, roots tuberous, oblong, tapering at one end, 5-6.25 cm long, dark brown outside, white inside. Leaves are 3-foliolate; leaflets 1.8-3.5 x 0.4-0.8 cm, linear–oblong, oblong-elliptic or lanceolate, acute, hairy along the nerves, ciliate on margins. Nerves are 8-11 pairs, stalks about 1.4x2.6 cm long, stipules minute, acute, falling off. Flowers are borne solitary, in few-flowered lax axillary racemes; peduncles distinct, exceeding the leaves; bracts and bracteoles rigid, minute. Calyx is 1-1.2 cm, prominently ribbed, covered with yellowish hairs; teeth sub equal. Flowers are lilac, slightly protruding, keel very narrow, incurved at the tip. Pods are oblong, 1-2-seeded, slightly exceeding the calyx, hairless. Tuberous Flemingia is found in Western Ghats.
Medicinal uses: Tubers, when boiled, taste like chestnuts. A decoction is useful in dysentery.

Identification credit: Anand Amembal
Photographed in Maharashtra.
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