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  Parkinsonia aculeata
 
  Family: FABACEAE/LEGUMINOSAE (Subfam.: Caesalpinioideae)
  Citation:  Parkinsonia aculeata L., Sp. Pl. 375. 1753; Hook. f., Fl. Brit. India 2: 260. 1878; Gamble, Fl. Pres. Madras 397(281). 1919; Sanjappa, Legumes Ind. 33. 1992; Sasidh., Fl. Chinnar WLS 115. 1999.
  Malayalam Name(s):
  Tamil name(s):
  English name(s): Horse Bean, Jerusalem thorn
  Description: Armed shrubs; branchlets tomentose, glabrescent when old, spines erect, broad based, woody. Leaves bipinnate, 35 cm, pinnae 2-4 pairs; leaflets 2, 2-7 x 1-3 mm, oblanceolate, rachis flattered. Racemes axillary, to 15 cm; flowers yellow; pedicels 1 to 1.5 cm; bracts cauducous; calyx tube short, lobes 6 x 2 mm, unequal; petals 10 x 10 mm, obovate, clawed, villous; stamens 10, filaments unequal, villous. Pod 10 x 0.6 cm, tomentose, striated; 1-5 seeded.
  Habit: Shrub
  Flowering & Fruiting: November-March
  District(s): Idukki
  Medicinal:
  Habitat: Planted as hedge plant
  Distribution: Native of Tropical America; widely naturalised
  Aquatic: No
  Epiphyte(s): No
  Saprophyte: No
  Stem parasite: No
  Root parasite: No
  Flower colour(s): Yellow
  Weed: No
  Monocot/Dicot: Dicotyledonous Plants
  Exotic: Yes
  Garden: No
  Edible: No
  Vegetable: No
  Endemic to:
  IUCN status:
  Altitude:
  Localities: Chinnar
   
 
   
 
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