Orixa Rattlepod
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Orixa Rattlepod
P Native Photo: Milind Girdhari
Common name: Orixa Rattlepod
Botanical name: Crotalaria orixensis    Family: Fabaceae (Pea family)
Synonyms: Crotalaria macropoda, Crotalaria orixensis var. waghii

Orixa Rattlepod is a creeping perennial herb, with stems slender a foot long. Stipules are lanceshaped-curved, 2.5-3.0 mm long, leaf-like, hairless on both surfaces. Leaf-stalks are 1.5-2.5 cm long. Leaves are trifoliate with leaflets elliptic or obovate-oblong, sometimes upper leaflets linear or linear-lanceshaped, wedge-shaped at base, hairless on upper surface, appressed hairy beneath, nerves not prominent. Flowers are borne in leaf opposed racemes up to 15 cm long. Flower-cluster-stalks are up to 3 cm long, becoming hairless. Bracts are ovate or heart-shaped, about 4 mm long, tapering at tip, deflexed. Flower-stalks are 1.0-1.5 cm long, rough on surface. Sepal-cup is 5.0-5.5 mm long; sepals pointed at tip. Flowers are yellow, shaped like pea flowers. Pods are beaked, oblong, about 1.8 x 0.8 cm long, hairless. Orixa Rattlepod is found in Eritrea, Ethiopia and India.

Identification credit: Milind Girdhari Photographed in Sarola village near Aurangabad, Maharashtra.

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