Two-Form Rattlepod
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Two-Form Rattlepod
P Native Photo: Gurcharan Singh
Common name: Two-Form Rattlepod
Botanical name: Crotalaria bifaria    Family: Fabaceae (Pea family)

Two-Form Rattlepod is a trailing branched herb, 2 ft long, with ovate to round leaves, rarely lanceshaped. Flower are borne at branch-ends, of two foms - blue or yellowish. Bract are ovate tapering; calyx 1.0-1.5 cm long, sepals linear-lanceshaped, anterior 3 cohering at tip, posterior two spreading. Flowers are longer than calyx, standard yellow outside with purple striations; pod up to 2.5 cm long, oblong, velvet-hairy, 10-15 seeded.Two-Form Rattlepod is found in India and Sri Lanka. Flowering: October-December.

Identification credit: Arun Singh Photographed in Southern Bangalore.

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