Dotted Dunbaria
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Dotted Dunbaria
P Native Photo: Tabish
Common name: Dotted Dunbaria
Botanical name: Dunbaria punctata    Family: Fabaceae (Pea family)
Synonyms: Dunbaria rotundifolia, Dolichos punctatus, Dunbaria conspersa

Dotted Dunbaria is a perennial twining herb with slender, sparsely velvet-hairy stem. Leaves are trifoliolate; leaf-stalk 0.8-2.5 cm, densely velvet-hairy; leaflet-stalks 1-2 mm, densely velvet-hairy. Leaflets are papery; ends leaflet round-rhomboid, 1.5-2.7 cm, slightly wider than long, sparsely velvet-hairy or almost hairless, with dark brown glands, basal veins 3, base rounded, margin wavy, tip blunt; lateral leaflets smaller, oblique. Flowers are borne in 1- or 2-flowered groups, bracts narrowly ovate, 1-2 mm. Sepal-cup bell-shaped, 2-5 mm, velvet-hairy, with dense red to dark brown glands; sepals ovate-lanceshaped, shorter than tube. Flowers are yellow, 1-1.5 cm; standard obovate-round, base with 2 ears, tip slightly notched; wings obovate-oblong, slightly curved, with a short sharp point; keels sickle shaped, tip bluntly beaked. Pod is linear-oblong, 3-5 x about 0.8 cm, slightly curved, compressed, velvet-hairy or almost hairless, tip with needlelike beak, stipe absent. Seeds are 6-8, dark brown, nearly round, about 3 mm in diameter. Dotted Dunbaria is found on slopes an grasslands, at about 300-1000 m elevation, in NE India, Bangladesh, China, SE Asia, Nepal, Australia, and also rarely in Western Ghats. Flowering: September-October.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in Churachandpur, Manipur.

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