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  Tephrosia pulcherrima
 
  Family: FABACEAE/LEGUMINOSAE (Subfam.: Papilionoideae)
  Citation:  Tephrosia pulcherrima (Wight ex Baker) Gamble, Fl. Pres. Madras 319(225). 1918; Mohanan, Fl. Quilon Dist. 157. 1984; Ramach. & V.J. Nair, Fl. Cannanore Dist. 156. 1988; Vajr., Fl. Palghat Dist. 174. 1990; Sanjappa, Legumes Ind. 257. 1992; Sasidh. et al., Bot. Stud. Med. Pl. Kerala 10,31. 1996; Sasidh. & Sivar., Fl. Pl. Thrissur For. 155. 1996; Sasidh., Fl. Periyar Tiger Reserve 116. 1998; Sasidh., Fl. Chinnar WLS 105. 1999; Sasidh., Fl. Parambikulam WLS 102. 2002; Anil Kumar et al., Fl. Pathanamthitta 191. 2005; Ratheesh Narayanan, Fl. Stud. Wayanad Dist. 310. 2009. Tephrosia tinctoria Pers. var. pulcherrima Wight ex Baker in Hook. f., Fl. Brit. India 2: 112. 1876.
  Malayalam Name(s): Kalakkozhuppa
  Tamil name(s):
  English name(s):
  Description: Shrubs; stem densely erect-hairy. Leaflets 5, to 6 x 2 cm, elliptic-oblong, obtuse, mucronate, glabrous above; stipule 10 x 4 mm, ovate. Racemes axillary; peduncle 8 cm long, stout. Flowers red; calyx 4 mm long, lobes hairy; standard 10 x 8 mm, densely hairy on back, clawed; wings 10 x 5 mm, dark pink at apex, verrucose; keel 10 mm long, yellowish-pink. Pods to 7 x 0.5 cm, oblong, densely hairy.
  Habit: Shrub
  Flowering & Fruiting: September-March
  District(s): Palakkad, Kollam, Idukki, Pathanamthitta, Kannur, Thrissur, Wayanad
  Medicinal:
  Habitat: Savannahs and moist deciduous forests, also in the plains
  Distribution: Peninsular India and Sri Lanka
  Aquatic: No
  Epiphyte(s): No
  Saprophyte: No
  Stem parasite: No
  Root parasite: No
  Flower colour(s): Red
  Weed: No
  Monocot/Dicot: Dicotyledonous Plants
  Exotic: No
  Garden: No
  Edible: No
  Vegetable: No
  Endemic to:
  IUCN status:
  Altitude:
  Localities: Karimala Hills, Nellimedu, Uppupara, Karimala, Chandanathode, Kakki hills, Silent Valley R. F.
   
 
   
 
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