Small Rattlepod
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Small Rattlepod
ative Photo: Anurag Sharma
Common name: Small Rattlepod • Telugu: బుల్లి గిలిగిచ్చా Bulli Giligicha
Botanical name: Crotalaria pusilla    Family: Fabaceae (Pea family)

Small Rattlepod is a shrub, thinly velvet-hairy. Terminal leaflets are 10 x 3 cm; lateral 7 x 2.5 cm, elliptic, acute at the apex, base cuneate, membranous, pubescent; petiole to 5.5 cm, petiolule 3-4 cm. Flowers are borne in terminal and lateral racemes, ip to 15 cm long; bracts 1 cm, linear, pubescent; calyx tube 3 mm, upper lobes 4 and lower 5 mm, lanceolate; standard petal 1.7 x 1.2 cm, orbicular, yellow striped with purple; wings 1.5 x 0.8 cm; keel 1.3 x 0.5 cm, falcate, pubescent at the margins; staminal sheath 7 mm, pubescent, filaments 4 and 7 mm; anthers 2.5 and 0.5 mm; ovary 5 mm, pubescent, style 1 cm. Pod 4 x 1 cm, oblong, puberulus; seeds many. Flowering: July-August.

Identification credit: Anurag Sharma Photographed at Nandi Hills, Karnataka.

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