Tiny Rattlepod
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Tiny Rattlepod
ative Photo: Jayesh Patil
Common name: Tiny Rattlepod
Botanical name: Crotalaria nana    Family: Fabaceae (Pea family)

Tiny Rattlepod is a small annual herb, 20-50 cm tall, branched from the base. Stems and branches are covered with long hairs. Alternately arranged leaves are oblong, 2-5 cm long, ending in a sharp point, hairy. Flowers are borne in crowded head-like clusters, 2-3 cm long, at the end of branches. Bracts are small, hairy, and the yellow flowers only scarcely open. Pods are round, 6 mm across, 6-10 seeded. Tiny Rattlepod is found in India, Sri Lanka and Indochina. Flowering: September.

Identification credit: Jayesh Patil
Photographed at Kas Plateau, Satara, Maharashtra.
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