Clothed Shuteria
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Clothed Shuteria
ative Photo: P.S. Sivaprasad
Common name: Clothed Shuteria
Botanical name: Shuteria involucrata    Family: Fabaceae (Pea family)
Synonyms: Shuteria sinensis, Shuteria vestita, Glycine involucrata

Clothed Shuteria is a herbs, 1-3 m long. Stems are twining, slender, densely velvety or hairless. Leaves are pinnately 3-foliolate; stipules ovate-lanĀ­ceolate, persistent. Leaf-stalks are 2.5-7.5 cm; stipels linear; leaflets broadly ovate, ovate, or suborbicular, 1.5-6.5 x 1.1-5.5 cm, membranous to thinly papery, base rounded, apex rounded, slightly concave, with small mucro. Flower raceme are axillary, axis 9-15 cm, lower 2 or 3 nodes with reduced, sessile, circular or reniĀ­form leaflets; peduncle 1-2.5 cm. Flowers are red, purple, or light purple, about 1 cm. Bracts and bracteoles are lanceolate, persistent. Sepal cup is tubular, 4-lobed; sepals lanceshaped, shorter than tube. Flowers have standard elliptic-obovate, apex slightly obtuse, slightly emarginate; wings oblong, subequal to keels. Seed-pods is linear, compressed, 3-5 x 0.2-0.6 cm, tip beaked. Seeds are 5 or 6, brown, lustrous. Clothed Shuteria is found in the Himalayas, up to SE Asia, at altitudes of 900-2200 m. It is also found in the Western Ghats. Flowering: September-March.

Identification credit: P.S. Sivaprasad, Krishan Lal Photographed in the Niligiris, Tamil Nadu & Sirmaur Distt, Himachal Pradesh.

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