Pink Strongylodon
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Pink Strongylodon
P Native Photo: Aditya Gadkari
Common name: Pink Strongylodon
Botanical name: Strongylodon lucidus    Family: Fabaceae (Pea family)
Synonyms: Glycine lucida, Arthroclianthus vieillardii

Pink Strongylodon is a woody vine with stems that can be as much as 3 cm thick, and produce pink sap. Flowers are borne in racemes up to 25 cm long, flower-stalks about 1.5-2 cm long. Flowers are shaped like pea-flowers - petals reddish-orange, constricted at the base, standard about 2.5 x 1.3-1.5 cm; wings about half as long as the keel; keel about 2.5 cm long, encompassing the staminal tube. Stamens are 10, the filaments of nine stamens fused to form a tube open on one side. One stamen free. Sepal-cup is cup-shaped, about 7-8 mm long, sepals about 1 mm long. The genus name Strongylodon comes from the Greek strongylos (round) and odontos (tooth), referring to the rounded teeth of the sepal-cup. Leaves are trifoliate, with leaflet blades about 10.5-13.5 x 5-8 cm, lateral leaflets asymmetrical. Stalk of the middle leaflet is longer than those of the lateral leaflets. Lateral veins about 5 on each side of the midrib. Fruit is oblong to ellipsoid, about 5-8 x 2.5-3.5 cm. Pink Strongylodon is native to Andaman Is., to Fiji, New Guinea, Philippines, Queensland.

Identification credit: Aditya Gadkari Photographed in Mount Harriet National Park, Andaman & Nicobar.

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