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  Tephrosia senticosa
 
  Family: FABACEAE/LEGUMINOSAE (Subfam.: Papilionoideae)
  Citation:  Tephrosia senticosa (L.) Pers., Syn. Pl. 2: 330. 1807; Gamble, Fl. Pres. Madras 319(225). 1918; Sanjappa, Legumes Ind. 258. 1992; Sivar. & Mathew, Fl. Nilambur 225. 1997. Cracca senticosa L., Sp. Pl. 752. 1753. Tephrosia tinctoria Pers. var. intermedia (Wight & Arn.) Baker in Hook.f., Fl. Brit. India 2: 112. 1876. Tephrosia intermedia Wight & Arn., Prodr. 211. 1834.
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  Description: Shrubby perennial, to about 1 m high; young stems densely appressed-pubescent; stipules deltoid, attenuate, pubescent to subglabrous, 4-5 mm long, 1 mm wide at the base; leaves imparipinnate, (3-5-)7-11-foliolate; leaflets essentially equal in size, 1-2.5 cm long, 5-12 mm wide, elliptic to oblong or obovate-oblong, obtuse or slightly emarginate at the apex, rounded to cuneate at the base, subcoriaceous, glabrous, nitid above, sericeous beneath; inflorescences pseudo-racemose, axillary, or leaf-opposed, about as long as the leaves, with few flowers towards the apex of the peduncle; bracts deltoid, lanceolate, attenuate, pubescent; flowers about 8-10 mm long on short pedicels; calyx pubescent, 3.5-4 mm long with attenuate lobes; petals reddish-orange with vexillum sericeous on the outer face; style bearded; fruit linear-oblong, essentially straight, 4-6.5 cm long, 5-6 mm wide, sparsely pubescent with appressed or subappressed hairs, about 6-9-seeded.
  Habit: Shrub
  Flowering & Fruiting: November-January
  District(s): Malappuram
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  Habitat: Degraded forests and wastelands
  Distribution: Indo-Malesia
  Aquatic: No
  Epiphyte(s): No
  Saprophyte: No
  Stem parasite: No
  Root parasite: No
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  Weed: No
  Monocot/Dicot: Dicotyledonous Plants
  Exotic: No
  Garden: No
  Edible: No
  Vegetable: No
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  Localities: Vaniampuzha
   
 
   
 
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