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  Tephrosia candida
 
  Family: FABACEAE/LEGUMINOSAE (Subfam.: Papilionoideae)
  Citation:  Tephrosia candida DC., Prodr. 2: 249. 1825; Hook. f., Fl. Brit. India 2: 111. 1876; Sanjappa, Legumes Ind. 256. 1992; Sasidh., Fl. Periyar Tiger Reserve 116. 1998. Robinia candida (DC.) Roxb., Fl. Ind. 3: 327. 1832.
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  Description: Perennial, suffrutescent shrubs, 1-3.5 m tall; stems ridged, grayish white tomentose,. Leaves alternate, 17-25-foliolate; rachis 15-25 cm, including petiole; leaflets oblong, 3-6 × 0.6-1.4 cm, abaxially densely sericeous, adaxially glabrous, secondary veins 30-50 on each side of midvein. Pseudoracemes terminal or lateral, 15-20 cm; pedicel ca. 1 cm, densely white villous. Flowers ca. 2 cm. Calyx ca. 5 × 5 mm; teeth equal, ca. 1 mm, apex rounded. Petals white, rarely yellow or pale pink; standard densely sericeous. Ovary tomentose, with numerous ovules. Fruit linear, 8-10 cm × 7.5-8.5 mm, straight, brown tomentose with a mixture of long and short trichomes, apex truncate and with a straight ca. 1 cm beak; seeds 10-15 per legume, olive-green with dark patches, ellipsoid, ca. 5 × 3.5 mm, smooth.
  Habit: Shrub
  Flowering & Fruiting: December-March
  District(s): Idukki
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  Habitat: Degraded forest areas
  Distribution: Indo-Malesia
  Aquatic: No
  Epiphyte(s): No
  Saprophyte: No
  Stem parasite: No
  Root parasite: No
  Flower colour(s): White
  Weed: No
  Monocot/Dicot: Dicotyledonous Plants
  Exotic: No
  Garden: No
  Edible: No
  Vegetable: No
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  Localities: Vallakkadavu
   
 
   
 
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