Triangular Horse Bush
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Triangular Horse Bush
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Common name: Triangular Horse Bush, triangular-stemmed horse bush • Kannada: ಕಾಡು ಮೂವಿಲೆ kaadu moovile, ನಾಗ ತಗರೆ naaga thagare • Malayalam: കാട്ടൂ മൂവില kattu moovila • Marathi: चिपाटे chipate • Sanskrit: पृष्णिपर्णी prsniparni • Telugu: చేతంద chetanda, cittenta • Tulu: ಕಾಟ್ಟುಮೂಜಿರೆ kattumoojire • Urdu: lapoti • Mizo: Se-be-hliang Source: Names of Plants in India
Botanical name: Dendrolobium triangulare    Family: Fabaceae (Pea family)
Synonyms: Hedysarum triangulare, Desmodium triangulare

Triangular Horse Bush is a perennial, shrub, 12-15 cm tall, branches are 3-angled, silky-velvety. Leaves are trifoliate - central leaflet 6.5-10 cm long, 3-5 cm broad, lateral ones smaller, obovate, pointed, smooth above, silky below. Flowers are borne in leaf axils, in 20 or more flowered stalked umbels. Flower stalks are 0-2.5 mm long. Sepal cup is 5 mm long, silky pubescent, teeth nearly equal to the cup. Flowers are 8.5 mm long, white. Fruit 1.8-2.5 cm long, pubescent, silky or glabrous, slightly curved, slightly more indented on the lower suture, articles 3-6, as long as broad. Flowering: August-October.

Identification credit: R. Vijayasankar Photographed in Mumbai & Manipur.

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