Clustered-Flower Snoutbean
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Clustered-Flower Snoutbean
P Native Photo: S. Kasim
Common name: Clustered-Flower Snoutbean
Botanical name: Rhynchosia capitata    Family: Fabaceae (Pea family)
Synonyms: Glycine capitata, Nomismia capitata

Clustered-Flower Snoutbean is a prostrate or climbing herb, with stem hairy, branched; stipules 1.5-2.0 mm long, heart-shaped, hairy. Leaves are trifoliolate compound, leaf-stalk 2.5-12.5 cm long, hairy, leaflet-stalk up to 1.5 cm long, hairy; blade 1.8-4.0 cm long, 1.5-4.1 cm broad, rhomboid, sometimes oblique, entire, blunt, scantily velvet-hairy. Flowers are borne in 4-6-flowered umbels in leaf-axils. Flower-cluster-stalk is 0.5-3.5 cm, hairy. Bracts are about 2.5 mm long, heart-shaped, hairy; flower-stalks about 3-4 mm long, hairy. Sepal-cup is 1.0-1.3 cm long, hairy, lower tooth longest 7-9 mm long. Vexillum 1.0-1.2 cm long, hairless externally. Fruit is 1.0-1.3 cm long 1-1.2 cm broad, with a short sharp point transversely striped, hairy. Clustered-Flower Snoutbean is found in Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka. Flowering: September-October.

Identification credit: S. Kasim Photographed in Vellore, Tamil Nadu.

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