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ative Photo: Tabish
Common name: Gainti • Hindi: Gainti • Nepali: कफाली Kaphaalee, हात्ती पाइले Haattee Paaile • Kumaoni: Katrar
Botanical name: Indopiptadenia oudhensis    Family: Mimosaceae (Touch-me-not family)
Synonyms: Adenanthera oudhensis, Piptadenia oudhensis

Gainti is a medium sized handsome tree with interesting leaves, and durable wood. The branches are sometimes prickly. Leaves are double- compound. Each leaf has 2 pairs of pinnae on long stalks. Leaflets are stalkless, kidney-shaped, in pairs, 5-10 cm long, leathery. Inflorescence is a branched spike in leaf axil, shorter than the leaves, 2.5-4.0 cm long. Flowers have 5 petals, 3-4 mm long, lance-shaped, greenish yellow. Stamens 10, free, just protruding out. Style is filament-like. Pod is 22.5-30 cm long, 1 cm broad, seeds 15-20. Gainti is endemic to eastern Kumaon and the west-central Nepal foothills, but now cultivated in many places.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed at Raj Ghat, Delhi.

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