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  Aeschynomene americana
  Family: FABACEAE/LEGUMINOSAE (Subfam.: Papilionoideae)
  Citation:  Aeschynomene americana L., Sp. Pl. 713. 1753; Maheswari & Paul, Journ. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc. 72: 165. 1975; Chandrab. et al., Bull. Bot. Surv. India 18: 236. 1976; Mohanan, Fl. Quilon Dist. 136. 1984; Sanjappa, Legumes Ind. 75. 1992; Sasidh., Fl. Shenduruny WLS 87. 1997; Anil Kumar et al., Fl. Pathanamthitta 155. 2005.
  Malayalam Name(s): American Joint Vetch
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  Description: Erect or decumbent herbs, to about 2 m tall; stems glandular-hispid to subglabrous. Leaves 2-7 cm long, about 20-60 foliolate, the petiole and rachis hispidulous; leaflets glabrous, subfalcate, 2-several-costate, 4-15 mm long, 1-2 mm wide, ciliate, apiculate, the base asymmetrically rounded; stipules peltate-appendiculate, glabrous or somewhat hispid at the point of attachment, striate, usually ciliate, 10-25 x 1-4 mm, the upper portion attenuate, 2-3 times longer than the lower, acute, or erose portion. Inflorescence axillary, racemose, few-flowered, the axes hispidulous; bracts cordate, acuminate or, sometimes, truncate-flabelliform, about 2-4 mm long, 2-3 mm wide, glabrous, ciliate; bracteoles linear to linear-ovate, 2-4 mm long, 1-1.5 mm wide , acute to acuminate, serrate-ciliate. Flowers about 5-10 mm long. Calyx glabrous to hispidulous, bilabiate, 3-6 mm long;. Petals yellowish to tan, usually with red or purplish lines, glabrous. Fruit 2-3 cm long, 3-9 articulate, the stipe about 2 mm long, the articles semicircular, the upper margin essentially straight, the lower curved, 3-6 mm long, 2.5-5 mm wide, glandular-hispidulous, usually muricate, the margins thickened, reticulate-veiny; seeds dark brown, 2-3 mm long, 1.5-2 mm wide.
  Habit: Herb
  Flowering & Fruiting: September-December
  District(s): Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Ernakulam, Thrissur, Kozhikkode, Kannur, Malappuram
  Habitat: Along road sides in moist locations
  Distribution: Central America; now introduced and naturalised in some parts of Peninsular India
  Aquatic: No
  Epiphyte(s): No
  Saprophyte: No
  Stem parasite: No
  Root parasite: No
  Flower colour(s): Yellow
  Weed: Yes
  Monocot/Dicot: Dicotyledonous Plants
  Exotic: Yes
  Garden: No
  Edible: No
  Vegetable: No
  Endemic to:
  IUCN status:
  Localities: Kattalappara, Upper Moozhiar, Ranni, Vayyattupuzha
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