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  Desmodium triflorum
  Family: FABACEAE/LEGUMINOSAE (Subfam.: Papilionoideae)
  Citation:  Desmodium triflorum (L.) DC., Prodr. 2: 334. 1825; Hook. f., Fl. Brit. India 2: 173. 1876; Gamble, Fl. Pres. Madras 347(245). 1918; Manilal & Sivar., Fl. Calicut 84. 1982; Ansari, Fl. Kasaragod Div. 128. 1985; Manilal, Fl. Silent Valley 79. 1988; Ramach. & V.J. Nair, Fl. Cannanore Dist. 140. 1988; Antony, Syst. Stud. Fl. Kottayam Dist. 129. 1989; Vajr., Fl. Palghat Dist. 159. 1990; Sanjappa, Legumes Ind. 163. 1992; M. Mohanan & Henry, Fl. Thiruvanthapuram 149. 1994; Subram., Fl. Thenmala Div. 101. 1995; Sasidh. & Sivar., Fl. Pl. Thrissur For. 141. 1996; Sivar. & Mathew, Fl. Nilambur 197. 1997; Sasidh., Fl. Periyar Tiger Reserve 102. 1998; Sasidh., Fl. Chinnar WLS 95. 1999; Sasidh., Fl. Parambikulam WLS 93. 2002; Anil Kumar et al., Fl. Pathanamthitta 176. 2005; Sunil & Sivadasan, Fl. Alappuzha Dist. 222. 2009; Ratheesh Narayanan, Fl. Stud. Wayanad Dist. 287. 2009. Hedysarum triflorum L., Sp. Pl. 249. 1753. Desmodium triflorum (L.) DC. var. minus Wight & Arn., Prodr. 229. 1834.
  Malayalam Name(s): Cherupulladi, Cherupalladi, Kunnappalai, Nilamparanda, Nilampulladi
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  Description: Much branched glabrescent prostrate herbs, rooting at nodes. Leaves 3-foliolate; leaflets 0.3-1.5 x 0.3-1.4 cm, obovate, base cuneate, apex turncate or emarginate, lateral leaflets smaller than the terminal one; petiole 1.5 cm long; stipule c. 5 mm long, ovate-lanceolate. Flowers 3-4 mm long, 1-4 together in the axils of leaves; pedicels 4-6 mm long, capillary; bracts c. 2 mm long, ovate, ciliate. Calyx c. 3 mm long, covered with long silky hairs; lobes unequal, lanceolate. Petals pink to violet; standard c. 3 mm long, obovate; wings c. 2 mm long; keels to 4 mm long. Pods 1-1.5 cm long, 3-5-jointed, lower margin deeply indented, upper entire; joints hairy or glabrous, reticulate-veined, longer than broad.
  Habit: Herb
  Flowering & Fruiting: July-December
  District(s): All Districts
  Medicinal: Yes
  Habitat: Grasslands and moist deciduous forests, also in plains
  Distribution: Indo-Malesia and Australia
  Aquatic: No
  Epiphyte(s): No
  Saprophyte: No
  Stem parasite: No
  Root parasite: No
  Flower colour(s): Violet, Blue
  Weed: No
  Monocot/Dicot: Dicotyledonous Plants
  Exotic: No
  Garden: No
  Edible: No
  Vegetable: No
  Endemic to:
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  Localities: Peechi, Churullipetty, Alampetty, Koruthode, Kariamchola, Velayudhankayi, Damsite, Pathanamthitta, Kannoth, on way to Panoth, Tolpetty, Nileswar, Mukkali forests, Olavakkot, Attappady R.F., Kasaragod, Kariyilakulangara, Pooyamkutty, Vadapuram, Kanjirakad
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