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  Crotalaria obtecta var. obtecta
  Family: FABACEAE/LEGUMINOSAE (Subfam.: Papilionoideae)
  Citation:  Crotalaria obtecta Graham ex Wight & Arn., Prodr. 185. 1834, var. obtecta; Hook. f., Fl. Brit. India 2: 79. 1876; Gamble, Fl. Pres. Madras 297(210). 1918; Manilal, Fl. Silent Valley 72. 1988; Sanjappa, Legumes Ind. 125. 1992; Sasidh. et al., Bot. Stud. Med. Pl. Kerala 36. 1996; Mohanan & Sivad., Fl. Agasthyamala 196. 2002; Ansari, Crotalaria India 119. 2008.
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  Description: Shrubs. Leaves simple, alternate, 3.5-7 x 2-4 cm, elliptic ovate to obovate, obtuse at apex, cuneate at base, velvetty below when young, sparsely hairy on ageing. Stipules 0.5-0.7 cm long, subulate, deciduous. Racemes many-flowered. Calyx 2-2.5 cm long, lobes 5, densely brown hairy. Petals yellow, 2-2.5 cm long; standard with few lines of brown hairs; wings with scaly folds; keels cottony on the inner margins. Stamens 10, linear, sagitate; sheath 0.8-1 cm long, filaments free, 0.8-1 cm long. Ovary 0.5-0.6 cm long, ovoid, densely brown hairy; style 2-2.3 cm long, incurved, brown silky; stigma hairy on inner side; ovules many. Pods 4-5 x 1.5-2 cm, oblong; seeds many, 0.4-0.5 cm diam., compressed.
  Habit: Shrub
  Flowering & Fruiting: December-March
  District(s): Thiruvananthapuram, Idukki, Palakkad, Kottayam, Kannur
  Habitat: Grasslands
  Distribution: Southern Western Ghats
  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: Southern Western Ghats
  IUCN status:
  Altitude: 1000-1800
  Localities: Walakkad, Chemungi, Pongalapara, Agasthymala peak
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