Rusty Dunbaria
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Rusty Dunbaria
P Native Photo: S. Kasim
Common name: Rusty Dunbaria
Botanical name: Dunbaria ferruginea    Family: Fabaceae (Pea family)
Synonyms: Collaea venosa, Cylista ferruginea

Rusty Dunbaria is a vine up to 8 m long. Branches have short spreading velvety-hairs. Leaf axis is up to 7 cm long. Leaves are trifoliate, up to 15 x 12 cm, last leaflet ovate-rhomboid, lateral ones ovate. Leaflets are pointed to tapering, velvet-hairy on both surfaces. Flowers are borne in racemes up to 12 cm long, 20-24-flowered; flower-stalk 1.5 cm long. Sepal-cup is 1 cm long, velvet-hairy. Flowers are yellow, 3.2 cm long. Petals remain attached to the flower even on withering. Standard petals is round, eared. Wings are obliquely obovate, spurred, keels curved, fused at tip. Pods are stalked, 4-5-seeded, softly short tawny-velvet-hairy, 4 x 1 cm. Rusty Dunbaria is found in Peninsular India, Sri Lanka and Indo-China. Flowering: November-April.

Identification credit: S. Kasim Photographed in Javvadi Hills, Thiruvannamali Dist, Tamil Nadu.

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