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  Dalbergia travancorica
  Family: FABACEAE/LEGUMINOSAE (Subfam.: Papilionoideae)
  Citation:  Dalbergia travancorica Thoth., Reinwardtia 8: 329. 1972; Sanjappa, Legumes Ind. 141. 1992; Gopalan & Henry, Endemic Pl. Agasthiyamala 101. 2000.
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  Description: Scandent shrubs; branchlets puberulous, younger parts rusty pubescent. Leaf imparipinnate, alternate, stipulate, 8-11 cm long, rachis puberulous; leaflets mostly 5, rarely 7, elliptic, 4-6 x 2-3.5 cm, lower ones always smaller than upper larger ones, entire, coriaceous, rounded at base, mostly obtuse to retuse at apex, rarely acute, glabrous above, brown puberulous to pubescent below, lateral veins not distinct, petiolule silky pubescent, 2-4 mm long, stipule prominent, oblong, 7-9 mm long, shortly acuminate, brown pubescent. Inflorescence short, axillary panicle, 2.5-5 cm long, 2-3 cm wide, rachis and branchlets pubescent. Flowers 7-8 mm long, pedicellate; bracts very conspicuous, gibbous ovate-triangular, 2-3 mm long, pubescent without, bracteoles 2, ovate-oblong, on either side of the calyx tube and embracing the same, pubescent without; pedicels short, 4-5 mm long, pubescent. Calyx campanulate, 4-5 mm long, pubescent without, 5-toothed, anterior 3 triangular-ovate, smaller, posterior 2 ovate-rounded, larger than the anterior ones. Standard petal ovate-orbicular to ovate-oblong, 6-7 mm long, deflexed, retuse at apex, blade auricled below, distinctly clawed; wings ovate-oblong, clawed, keels boat-shaped, clawed, connate above at their apex, all petals glabrous. Stamens 9, monadelphous, sheath 6-7 mm long, spit open dorsally, filaments free on their upper ones fourth. Ovary oblong, 5-6.5 mm long, distinctly stipitate, glabrous except the pubescent, dorsal suture, 3-ovuled, style slender, stigma minute. Pod oblong, 3 x 0.7 cm, flat, glabrous, smooth, long stalked; seed 1.
  Habit: Climber
  Flowering & Fruiting: January-November
  Habitat: Moist deciduous forests
  Distribution: Southern Western Ghats
  Aquatic: No
  Epiphyte(s): No
  Saprophyte: No
  Stem parasite: No
  Root parasite: No
  Flower colour(s): Blue
  Weed: No
  Monocot/Dicot: Dicotyledonous Plants
  Exotic: No
  Garden: No
  Edible: No
  Vegetable: No
  Endemic to: Southern Western Ghats
  IUCN status: Endangered (EN)
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