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  Crotalaria formosa
  Family: FABACEAE/LEGUMINOSAE (Subfam.: Papilionoideae)
  Citation:  Crotalaria formosa Graham ex Wight & Arn., Prodr. 186. 1834; Hook. f., Fl. Brit. India 2: 76. 1876; Gamble, Fl. Pres. Madras 294(207). 1918; Sanjappa, Legumes Ind. 120. 1992; Sivar. & Mathew, Fl. Nilambur 179. 1997; Ansari, Crotalaria India 263. 2008.
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  Description: Shrubs, stem dwarfed, much branched, covered with tawny hairs. very dense short thick racemes of yellow flowers. Leaves simple alternate, 4-5 x 2-2.5 cm, obovate, mucronate, narrowed to the short stalk, dark green above, silky below and brown with tawny hairs on the veins; stipules 5 mm long, narrow and curved downwards. Racemes 2.5-5 cm long and as broad, pedicels short, densely silky. Calyx teeth 6-8 mm long, shaggy, acute. Petals rather small, not much longer than the calyx, the standard streaked with brown veins. Pod distinctly stalked, at first black, afterwards green and finally straw-coloured, about 3 x 0.5 cm, smooth and shiny, and frilled below by the dried calyx.
  Habit: Shrub
  Flowering & Fruiting: December-March
  District(s): Malappuram
  Habitat: Shola forests and grasslands
  Distribution: Southern Western Ghats
  Aquatic: No
  Epiphyte(s): No
  Saprophyte: No
  Stem parasite: No
  Root parasite: No
  Flower colour(s): Yellow
  Weed: No
  Monocot/Dicot: Dicotyledonous Plants
  Exotic: No
  Garden: No
  Edible: No
  Vegetable: No
  Endemic to: Southern Western Ghats
  IUCN status:
  Altitude: 1000-2000
  Localities: Kunda hills
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