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  Canavalia maritima
  Family: FABACEAE/LEGUMINOSAE (Subfam.: Papilionoideae)
  Citation:  Canavalia maritima (Aubl.) Thouars in Desv., J. Bot. 1: 80. 1813; Sanjappa, Legumes Ind. 108. 1992; Sunil & Sivadasan, Fl. Alappuzha Dist. 203. 2009. Dolichos maritimus Aubl., Hist. Pl. Guian. Fr. 765. 1775. Canavalia rosea (Sw.) DC., Prodr. 2:404.1825; Antony, Syst. Stud. Fl. Kottayam Dist. 119. 1989. Canavalia obtusifolia (Lam.) DC., Prodr. 2: 404. 1825; Hook. f., Fl. Brit. India 2: 196. 1876; Gamble, Fl. Pres. Madras 360(254). 1918. Canavalia lineata sensu Gamble, Fl. Pres. Madras 360(254). 1918, non DC.1825; Ramach. & V.J. Nair, Fl. Cannanore Dist. 128. 1988.
  Malayalam Name(s): Manal amara
  Tamil name(s):
  English name(s): Beach bean, Jack bean
  Description: Prostrate, trailing herbs; stems sparsely pubescent, becoming glabrescent. Leaflets 3-8 x 3-5.5 cm, orbicular-obovate to suborbicular, base broadly cuneate or rounded, apex rounded or retuse, sparsely pubescent above, glabrous to densely pubescent below, thin-coriaceous; rachis up to 5 cm long; stipules c. 4 mm long, lanceolate; stipels small. Racemes to 15 cm long, tuberculate. Flowers to 3 cm long; pedicels c. 3 mm long; bracts orbicular. Calyx tube c. 8 mm long, pubescent, shortly lobed; upper lobes 3-4 mm long. Corolla pink, exerted; standard c. 2.5 x 2 cm, orbicular to elliptic. Pods 6-10 x 2.2-2.8 cm, oblong, compressed, shortly beaked. Seeds 4-6, 1.5-2 cm, ellipsoid, dark.
  Habit: Climber
  Flowering & Fruiting: August-September
  District(s): Kottayam, Alappuzha, Kannur, Kollam, Kasaragode, Ernakulam, Thrissur
  Habitat: Sandy sea shores and mangroves
  Distribution: Throughout tropical coasts
  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: No
  Endemic to:
  IUCN status:
  Localities: Ezhimala, Cannanore, Alleppey town
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