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  Dalbergia malabarica
  Family: FABACEAE/LEGUMINOSAE (Subfam.: Papilionoideae)
  Citation:  Dalbergia malabarica Prain, Ann. Roy. Bot. Gard. (Calcutta) 10: 67, t. 46. 1905; Gamble, Fl. Pres. Madras 382(269). 1918; Sanjappa, Legumes Ind. 137. 1992; Predeep & Anoop, J. Econ. Tax. Bot. 33: 821. 2009. Dalbergia tamarindifolia Roxb. var. pubescens Baker in Hook. f., Fl. Brit. India 2: 235. 1876.
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  Description: Climbing shrubs; young branches rusty tomentose. Leaves imparipinnate, 6-10 cm long; leaflets 13-28, alternate, 8-21 x 6-8 mm, elliptic-oblong, obtuse-subtruncate at base, obtuse and mucronate at apex, sparsely pilose-glabrescent above, rusty pilose below especially on the midrib; lateral veins 8 pairs, prominent beneath; rachis 5-8 cm long including 5-7 mm long petiole, rusty tomentose; petiolule ca 1.5 mm long, tomentose; stipules 4-5 x 1-1.5 mm, triangular, rusty pubescent outside. Panicle 3.5 cm long; pedicel 2 mm long, pubescent; bracts and bracteoles 2 x 1 mm, ovate, rusty pubescent. Calyx-tube 2.5 mm long, campanulate, pubescent; lobes 1 x 1 mm, triangular, pubescent outside. Standard petals reflect, 3.5 x 2 mm, obovate, shortly auricled, claw 3 mm long, slender; wings 3.5 x 2 mm, obovate, shortly auricled, claw 3 mm long; keels 3.5 x 2 mm, obliquely obovate, subtruncate at apex, shortly auricled, claw 3 mm long. Stamens monadelphous; sheath 3 mm long; filaments ca 1.5 mm long, equal; anthers 0.25 mm long, monomorphic. Ovary stipitate, 3 x 0.5 mm, linear, glabrous, 2-ovuled, stipe 2 mm long, incurved, glabrous; stigma pointed. Pods 3-4.5 x 1-1.5 cm, elliptic-oblong, strap-shaped, copper red, stalk 5-15 mm long, glabrous, reticulately veined over seeds, 1(-2)-seeded; seeds 15 x 7 x 1.5 mm, obliquely ovate, light brown.
  Habit: Climber
  Flowering & Fruiting: December-February
  District(s): Thiruvananthapuram, Idukki, Kottayam
  Habitat: Evergreen forests
  Distribution: Western Ghats
  Aquatic: No
  Epiphyte(s): No
  Saprophyte: No
  Stem parasite: No
  Root parasite: No
  Flower colour(s): Creamy, Yellow
  Weed: No
  Monocot/Dicot: Dicotyledonous Plants
  Exotic: No
  Garden: No
  Edible: No
  Vegetable: No
  Endemic to: Western Ghats
  IUCN status: Vulnerable (VU)
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