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  Crotalaria incana ssp. purpurascens
  Family: FABACEAE/LEGUMINOSAE (Subfam.: Papilionoideae)
  Citation:  Crotalaria incana L. ssp. purpurascens (Lam.) Milne-Redh., Kew Bull. 15: 159. 1961; Abdull Jabbar, Krishnaraj and Mohanan, Rheedea 20: 131. 2010. Crotalaria purpurascens Lam., Encycl. Meth. 200. 1786.
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  Description: Erect subshrubs, to 2 m high stem terete, indistinctly striate, ferruginous-hirsute. Leaves alternate, 3-foliolate; leaflets obovate-elliptic, glabrous, light brown when dry; terminal 2.8-3.7 x c.2.5 cm; laterals 1.5-2.8 x 1.5-2 cm, ciliate at margins, membranous, glabrous; petioles 4.5-5 cm long, longitudinally grooved; petiolues c. 1 mm long; stipules filiform, c. 7 mm long, densely ciliate. Racemes up to 14 cm long, ferruginous-hirsute; bracts subulate, c. 8 mm long, persistent; bracteoles 2, c. 6 mm long, curved. Calyx c. 1 x 0.3 cm, spreading pilose, persistent; lobes lanceolate, c. 7 mm long, acute-acuminate at apex. Standard petal ovate-elliptic, c. 1.5 x 1 cm, bright yellow, purple-brown-veined; wings oblong, c. 1 x 0.8 cm, striated; keels as long as wings, abruptly rounded below middle. Staminal tube c. 5 mm long; filaments 4-5 mm long; anthers dimorphic. Ovary c. 5 x 1.2 mm, densely pilose; style geniculate, c. 8 mm long; stigma capitate. Pods oblongoid, c. 4 x 1 cm, with an incurved beak, ferruginous-hirsute, stipe c. 4 mm long; seeds 20-30, reniform, c. 2 mm across, smooth, black.
  Habit: Shrub
  Flowering & Fruiting: December-January
  District(s): Idukki
  Habitat: Shola forests
  Distribution: Ethiopia and Senegal, now in India
  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:
  IUCN status:
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