Simple-Leaved Nogra
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Simple-Leaved Nogra
P Native Photo: Mayur Nandikar
Common name: Simple-Leaved Nogra
Botanical name: Nogra dalzellii    Family: Fabaceae (Pea family)
Synonyms: Grona dalzellii, Nogra simplicifolia, Grona simplicifolia

Simple-Leaved Nogra is a perennial herbaceous twiner covered with golden brown hairs, with stems up to 5 m long, 2-5 mm in diameter, silky. Flowers are dark blue; standard about 1.2 x 1.0 cm, round, flat at tip, clawed with 2 ears at base; wings about 1 x 4 mm, oblong, claw 2 mm long, keel petals fused more than half of their length, sickle shaped, 8.0-8.5 x 2.5-2.75 mm, claw about 3 mm long. Stamens 10, staminal tube 2.5-3.0 mm x 1.0-1.2 mm. Sepal-cup is 1.0-1.1 cm long, hairy; sepal-tube 4-6 mm long, bell-shaped, hairless; 5-lobed. Flowers are borne in leaf-axils, in fascicled compact racemes, 5-10-flowered. Flower-stalks are 2-3 mm long, bracts ovate, 5-7 x 1.8-2 mm, bracteoles 2, lanceshaped, 5-7 x 1.0-1.5 mm. Leaves are carried on a leaf-stalk 1.5-3 cm long, stipules ovate, medifixed, silky-hairy, persistent. Leaves are 5-15 x 4.5-10 cm, broadly ovate, pointed at tip, with a persistent mucro, heart-shaped at base, green and finely velvet-hairy above, glaucous beneath, shortly fringed with hairs along margin; veins 5-6-paired. Fruit is a pod, 4.5-5.0 x 0.5-0.6 cm, linear, turgid, septate between seeds, golden-brown hairy. 5-10-seeded. Simple-Leaved Nogra is believed to endemic to Karnataka, Maharashtra, and probably also from Madhya Pradesh. Flowering: September-October.

Identification credit: Mayur Nandikar Photographed in Kolhapur, Maharashtra.

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