Kollam Zornia
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Kollam Zornia
ative Photo: S. Kasim
Common name: Kollam Zornia
Botanical name: Zornia quilonensis    Family: Fabaceae (Pea family)
Synonyms: Zornia angustifolia var. oblongifolia

Kollam Zornia is a prostrate perennial branched herbs to 30 cm long. It is named in honour of Kollam, formerly known as Quilon. Leaves are 2-foliolate, leaflets 5-10 x 3-6 mm, obliquely oblong-ovate, apex acute or obtuse, mucronate, punctate, 1-nerved; petioles longer than the leaflets; stipules peltate, upto 6 x 3 mm, 5-7-nerved, punctate. Inflorescence axillary or terminal zig-zag spike; bracts to 7 x 3 mm, broadly elliptic-lanceolate, acute, sparsely ciliate at the margins, punctate. Calyx c. 3 mm long. Petals yellow; standard c. 7 mm long. Lomentum with 2-6 articles, exserted; articles c. 3 x 2.5 mm, reticulate, punctate, puberulent, with numerous retrorsely scabrous prickles. Seeds c. 2 mm long, subreniform, yellowish brown.

Identification credit: S. Kasim Photographed at Radhapuram, Tamilandu.

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