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Whitish Pigeonpea   
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Whitish Pigeonpea
A Native Photo: Siddarth Machado
Common name: Whitish Pigeonpea
Botanical name: Cajanus albicans    Family: Fabaceae (Pea family)
Synonyms: Atylosia albicans, Cajanus wightii, Cantharospermum albicans

Whitish Pigeonpea is a twining herb with branchlets whitish-grey. Leaves are trifoliate, leaflets 3-4.5 x 2-4 cm, obovate, tip rounded, base blunt, grey velvet-hairy below, nerves about 4 pairs, laterals oblique; leaf-stalk to 2-4 cm, leaflet-stalk 2 mm, velvet-hairy, stipules 3 mm. Flowers are borne in lax racemes, up to 4 cm; bracts 3 mm; calyx tube 3 mm, sepals 1.5 mm, triangular, velvet-hairy; petals persistent, yellow. Pod is 3.5 x 1 cm, transversally flattened, grey velvet-hairy, strongly mucronate. Whitish Pigeonpea is found in Peninsular India and Sri Lanka. Flowering: March-April.
Medicinal uses: End parts, including flowers, are boiled in water and the decoction drunk to treat severe cold. It is a veterinary medicine, used as galactagogue.

Identification credit: Siddarth Machado Photographed in Satyamangalam Tiger Reserve, Tamil Nadu.

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