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  Canavalia cathartica
  Family: FABACEAE/LEGUMINOSAE (Subfam.: Papilionoideae)
  Citation:  Canavalia cathartica Thouars in Desv., J. Bot. 1: 81. 1813; Sanjappa, Legumes Ind. 107. 1992; Sasidh. & Sivar., Fl. Pl. Thrissur For. 132. 1996; Sasidh., Fl. Parambikulam WLS 85. 2002; Anil Kumar et al., Fl. Pathanamthitta 160. 2005; Sunil & Sivadasan, Fl. Alappuzha Dist. 202. 2009; Ratheesh Narayanan, Fl. Stud. Wayanad Dist. 316. 2009. Canavalia virosa (Roxb.) Wight & Arn., Prodr. 253. 1834p.p.; Gamble, Fl. Pres. Madras 359(254). 1918. Dolichos virosus Roxb., Fl. Ind. 3: 301. 1832,p.p. Canavalia stocksii Dalz. & Gibs., Bombay Fl. 69. 1861. Canavalia ensiformis (L.) DC. var. turgida (Graham ex A. Grey) Baker in Hook. f., Fl. Brit. India 2: 196. 1876.
  Malayalam Name(s): Cheruvalanga
  Tamil name(s):
  English name(s): Maunaloa
  Description: Perennial climbers; stems sparesely pubescent or glabrous. Leaflets 6-12.5 x 4.2-8 cm, broadly ovate to suborbicular, base broadly cuneate to rounded, apex abruptly acute to acuminate, sparsely pubescent or glabrous; stipules c. 3 mm long, lanceolate. Racemes axillary, up to 25 cm long, pendant, tuberculate. Flowers 2.5-3 cm long; pedicles c. 2 mm long. Calyx tube 8-10 mm long, puberulent, the upper lobes rounded. Corolla pink; standard 2.5-3 cm long, obovate or suborbicular; wings and keels lanceolate, claws c. 5 mm long. Pods 7-12 x 3-4 cm, oblong, turgid, 6-8-seeded. Seeds c. 1.5 cm long, oblong-ellipsoid, reddish-brown.
  Habit: Climber
  Flowering & Fruiting: September-December
  District(s): Palakkad, Alappuzha, Pathanamthitta, Thrissur, Wayanad
  Habitat: Moist deciduous forests and banks of canals
  Distribution: Widely cultivated, also runs wild
  Aquatic: No
  Epiphyte(s): No
  Saprophyte: No
  Stem parasite: No
  Root parasite: No
  Flower colour(s): Pink
  Weed: No
  Monocot/Dicot: Dicotyledonous Plants
  Exotic: No
  Garden: No
  Edible: No
  Vegetable: Yes
  Endemic to:
  IUCN status:
  Localities: Peechi, Padippara, Enathu, Thrikkunnapuzha
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