Woolly Flemingia
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Woolly Flemingia
P Native Photo: Mayur Nandikar
Common name: Woolly Flemingia
Botanical name: Flemingia wallichii    Family: Fabaceae (Pea family)
Synonyms: Maughania wallichii

Woolly Flemingia is an erect shrub, about 1 m tall. Branchlets are obviously warty, densely woolly. Leaves are digitately 3-foliolate; stipules falling off, leaf-stalk 3-7 cm, wingless or narrowly winged, velvet-hairy or woolly; leaflet-stalks 2-4 mm, densely gray hairy; leaflets almost leathery; end leaflet obovate or elliptic, 7-14 x 3-4 cm, basal veins 3, lateral veins 4-8 pairs, base wedge-shaped, tip shortly tapering or blunt; lateral leaflets almost equal to end leaflet, oblique lanceshaped to obliquely elliptic. Flowers are borne in solitary racemes or sometimes branched from base; inflorescence axis densely woolly; bracts elliptic, 4-5 x 1-2 mm, velvet-hairy, persistent or falling off. Flowers are 7-8 mm, clustered; flower-stalk 1-2 mm. Sepal-cup is 5-6 mm, densely clothed with silky hairs; sepals lanceshaped, usually slightly longer than tube. Flower are white or yellowish, longer than sepal-cup; standard nearly round, about 6 mm, extremely short clawed, with slender ear and callosity; wings oblong, about 4 mm, one with short pointed ear; keel slightly curved, wider than wings. Pod is obliquely elliptic, about 10 x 6 mm, with dense very pale brown hairs and dark brown stalkless glands, tip shortly beaked. Woolly Flemingia is found on mountain slopes, roadsides, forests, in India to Thailand. Flowering: January-April.

Identification credit: Sandip Kisan Gavade Photographed in Kolhapur Distt. Maharashtra.

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