Indian Husk-Pea
Share Foto info
Indian Husk-Pea
ative Photo: Pravin Kawale
Common name: Indian Husk-Pea, Ran Ghevada • Kannada: ಕಡ್ಲೆನಾರು Kadlenaru, ಕಡಲೆನಾರು Kadalenaru • Marathi: रान घेवडा Ran ghevada • Sanskrit: नदीनिष्पाव Nadinishpava • Telugu: Karu, Karuchikkudu, Karucikkudu
Botanical name: Paracalyx scariosus    Family: Fabaceae (Bean family)
Synonyms: Cylista scariosa

Indian Husk-Pea is a climbing shrub which can grow up to a height of 2-5 meters. Flowers occur in 10-15 cm long panicles arising out of leaf axils. Sepal tube is greenish white, husk-like, boat-shaped. The yellow pea-like flower is concealed beneath it. It has a woody stem and hairy, twinning branches. Leaves are divided into three leaflets. Leaflets are about 5-10 cm long. The terminal leaflet is rhomboid, and bigger than the others. Indian Husk-Pea is found in India, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Nepal, Thailand. Flowering: November-February.
Medicinal uses: Indian Husk-Pea is used in epilepsy and to induce sleep. The fruit is acrid and bitter, improves taste, appetizer, and astringent to the bowels. The plant enriches the blood, cures biliousness, liver disorders and “kapha”. It is good for throat troubles, causes flatulence. The root is useful for treating dysentery and leucorrhoea and also applied externally along with other drugs to reduce tumors.

Identification credit: Pravin Kawale Photographed in Maharashtra.

• Is this flower misidentified? If yes,