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  Pueraria tuberosa
  Family: FABACEAE/LEGUMINOSAE (Subfam.: Papilionoideae)
  Citation:  Pueraria tuberosa (Roxb. ex Willd.) DC., Ann. Sci. Nat. (Paris) 4: 97. 1825; Hook. f., Fl. Brit. India 2: 197. 1876; Gamble, Fl. Pres. Madras 360(254). 1918; Manilal, Fl. Silent Valley 85. 1988; Ramach. & V.J. Nair, Fl. Cannanore Dist. 152. 1988; Vajr., Fl. Palghat Dist. 168. 1990; Sanjappa, Legumes Ind. 235. 1992; Sasidh. & Sivar., Fl. Pl. Thrissur For. 150. 1996; Ravikumar & Ved, Illustr. Field Guide 100 Red Listed Med. Pl. 313. 2000 Sasidh., Fl. Parambikulam WLS 99. 2002; Ratheesh Narayanan, Fl. Stud. Wayanad Dist. 303. 2009. Hedysarum tuberosum Roxb. ex Willd., Sp. Pl. 3: 1197. 1803.
  Malayalam Name(s): Muthuku
  Tamil name(s): Vidarikand
  English name(s): Indian kudzu, Tuberous honeysuckle
  Description: Large climbing shrubs with tuberous roots; branchlets appressed-velvety. Leaves 3-foliolate; leaflets 5-18 x 5-12.5 cm, ovate or the terminal rhomboid, base obtuse or acute, laterals oblique at base, apex acuminate, scattered hairy above, appressed hairy beneath; lateral nerves 7 or 8 pairs, reticulations prominent; petiole to 18 cm long; stipules c. 5 mm long, ovate. Racemes axillary, 15-35 cm long; rachis silky. Flowers c. 1.3 cm long, bluish-purple, ternate on the nodes of racemes; pedicels c. 3 mm long. Calyx c. 7 mm long, tomentose; tube campanulate; lobes ovate. Standard c. 1.2 cm, long, orbicular, base auricled, apex emarginate; wings c. 1.2 cm long, with spur above base; keels long-clawed. Stamens 9+1, vexillary stamen apically fused, free at base. Ovary to 8 mm long, oblong, densely brown-hirsute; style incurved; stigma capitate. Pods 2.5-5.5 x 0.5-0.6 cm, linear, hairy.
  Habit: Climber
  Flowering & Fruiting: December-April
  District(s): Palakkad, Alappuzha, Kannur, Thrissur, Wayanad
  Medicinal: Yes
  Habitat: Moist deciduous forests
  Distribution: India, also in Tropical Himalayas
  Aquatic: No
  Epiphyte(s): No
  Saprophyte: No
  Stem parasite: No
  Root parasite: No
  Flower colour(s): Blue, White
  Weed: No
  Monocot/Dicot: Dicotyledonous Plants
  Exotic: No
  Garden: No
  Edible: No
  Vegetable: No
  Endemic to:
  IUCN status:
  Altitude: 500-1200
  Localities: Peechi, Anappadi, Panthenthode border, Begur, Tolpetty, Anmooly slopes, Ayyappankovil, Kappakada
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