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  Vigna adenantha
 
  Family: FABACEAE/LEGUMINOSAE (Subfam.: Papilionoideae)
  Citation:  Vigna adenantha (Meyer) Marechal, Mascherpa & Stainier, Taxon 27: 202. 1978; Mohanan, Fl. Quilon Dist. 158. 1984; Sanjappa, Legumes Ind. 272. 1992; Sunil & Sivadasan, Fl. Alappuzha Dist. 244. 2009. Phaseolus adenanthus Meyer, Prim. Fl. Esseq. 239. 1818; Hook. f., Fl. Brit. India 2: 200. 1876; Gamble, Fl. Pres. Madras 362(256). 1918; N.C. Nair et al., Journ. Econ. Tax. Bot. 2: 224. 1981.
  Malayalam Name(s): Kattupayer, Kandalpayar
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  Description: Twining or trailing perennial herbs; stems glabrescent. leaflets 3-8 x 1.8-4 cm, ovate, ovate-elliptic or elliptic-lanceolate, base rounded, apex acute or acuminate, both surfaces with adpressed sparse pubescence; petiole 3-8 cm long; stipules 4-7 mm long, lanceolate, basifixed. Racemes 5-14 cm long, 6-10-flowered. Flowers 2-3 cm long; pedicels 2-3 mm long; bracts ovate-oblong. Calyx tube 3-4 mm long, sparsely pubescent; upper lobes partially connate; lower lobe c. 4 mm long, lanceolate. Petals dark pink or cream-coloured; standard 2.2-2.8 x 2.3-2.5 cm, suborbicular, emarginate, cream-coloured; wings obovate, pink; keels spirally incurved. Ovary linear, pubescent; style deflexed, hairy towards apex. Pods 6-11 x 0.6-15-seeded. Seeds reniform, black.
  Habit: Climber
  Flowering & Fruiting: August-December
  District(s): Kollam, Alappuzha, Ernakulam
  Medicinal:
  Habitat: Coastal areas along the banks of backwaters and mangroves
  Distribution: Pantropical
  Aquatic: No
  Epiphyte(s): No
  Saprophyte: No
  Stem parasite: No
  Root parasite: No
  Flower colour(s): Pink, White
  Weed: No
  Monocot/Dicot: Dicotyledonous Plants
  Exotic: No
  Garden: No
  Edible: No
  Vegetable: No
  Endemic to:
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  Localities: Thottappally, Kanjikuzhi
   
 
   
 
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