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4. Desmodium zonatum Miquel, Fl. Ned. Ind. 1: 250. 1855.

单叶拿身草 dan ye na shen cao

Desmodium shimadae Hayata; Meibomia zonata (Miquel) Kuntze.

Subshrubs, erect, 30-80 cm tall. Young branches with dense, minute, hooked hairs, intermixed with sparse adpressed hairs. Leaves 1-foliolate; petiole 1-2.5 cm; blade ovate, ovate-elliptic, or lanceolate, 5-12 × 2-5 cm, abaxially densely yellow-brown pubescent, adaxially glabrous or with sparse, minute, hooked hairs on veins. Racemes usually terminal, 10-25 cm, densely hooked hairy and sparsely long straight pubescent on rachis, 2- or 3-flowered at each node. Pedicel 4-10 mm. Calyx 2.5-3 mm; lobes longer than tube. Corolla white or pink, 6-7 mm; standard obovate, attenuate to base; wings narrowly obo­vate-elliptic, auriculate, shortly clawed; keel curved. Legume linear, 8-12 cm, 6-8-jointed, both sutures shallowly undulate; articles oblong-linear, longer than 12 mm, with dense, yellow, minute, hooked hairs. Fl. Jun-Aug, fr. Aug-Sep.

Dense forests, forest margins; 500-1300 m. SW Guangxi, Gui­zhou, Hainan, Taiwan, Yunnan [India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam; Pacific islands].


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