Prostrate Flemingia
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Prostrate Flemingia
P Native Photo: Ashutosh Sharma
Common name: Prostrate Flemingia
Botanical name: Flemingia prostrata    Family: Fabaceae (Pea family)
Synonyms: Flemingia macrophylla var. philippinensis, Flemingia philippinensis

Prostrate Flemingia is an erect subshrub, with young branchlets trigonous-prismatic, densely velvet-hairy. Flower are purple, nearly equal to sepal-cup; standard oblong, shortly clawed, inprominently eared; wings curved, clawed, both eared; keel elliptic, slightly curved, clawed, with pointed ear on one side. Sepals are lanceshaped, much longer than tube. Flowers are borne clustered in racemes in leaf-axils, usually 2-2.5 cm, densely pale hairy; bracts narrowly ovate-lanceshaped; flower-cluster-stalk short. Leaves are digitately 3-foliolate; stipules linear-lanceshaped, 0.6-1 cm, hairy, deciduous; leaf-stalk 1.5-2.5 cm, densely velvet-hairy; leaflet-stalks extremely short, densely velvet-hairy; end leaflet oblong or ovate-lanceshaped, 4-7 x 1.5-3 cm, thickly papery, sparsely velvet-hairy, basal veins 3, base rounded, tip blunt, sometimes with small sharp point; lateral leaflets slightly smaller, oblique. Seed-pod is elliptic, 6-8 x 5-6 mm, velvet-hairy, compressed. Prostrate Flemingia is found in open fields, grasslands; below 100-300 m, in the Indian Subcontinent to S. China and Indo-China, Nansei-shoto to Hainan and Philippines. Flowering: March-June.
Medicinal uses: Prostrate Flemingia is used for medicinal purposes.

Identification credit: Ashutosh Sharma Photographed in Hamirpur district, Himachal Pradesh.

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