Botanical name: Aeschynomene indica Family: Fabaceae (Pea family)
Synonyms: Aeschynomene diffusa, Aeschynomene kashmiriana, Aeschynomene pumila
Indian Joint Vetch is an erect branching herb, with scattered spreading hairs on stems, and stalks. Leaves are compound, 5-10 cm long, with 15-30 pairs of narrow needle-like leaflets, 1-1.5 cm long, rounded at the tips. Stipules are arrow-shaped, about 1 cm long. Pale yellow flowers are borne in few flowered racemes. Flowers stalks have 2 bracteoles at base of the sepals. Flowers are about 1 cm long, pea-flower shaped. Sepal cup is 2-lipped. Pods linear, flat, 6-8-jointed, with central prominent wrinkles on each joint. Indian Joint Vetch is native to Tropical Africa, Tropical Asia and Australia. It is found in the Himalayas at altitudes of 200-1300 m. Flowering: September-October.
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