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Pakistan | Family List | Papilionaceae | Desmodium

Desmodium gangeticum (Linn.) DC., Prodr. 2:327. 1825. Baker in Hook.f., Fl.Brit. Ind.2:168.1876; Parker, For. Fl. Punj. 3rd. ed. 155. 1956; Cooke, Fl.Bomb.Pres. (reprint ed.) 1:379.1958; Ohashi, in Ginkgoana 1:184.1973.

Ver.: Salvan; Salparni (Cooke l.c.).

  • Desmodium gangeticum var. maculatum (Linn.) Baker
  • Hedysarum gangeticum Linn.
  • Hedysarum maculatum Linn.

    Undershrub, 60-120 cm tall, branches pubescent. Leaf unifoliolate, petiole 1-2.5 cm long, leaflet, 4-12.5 cm long, 3.5-7.5 cm broad, orbicular, ovate, rarely elliptic-oblong or lanceolate, acute or sub-acuminate, glabrous above, pubescent below; stipules 6-8.5 mm long, scarious; petiolule c. 1.5 mm long, stipel c. 3 mm long. Inflorescence terminal or axillary raceme, 15-30 cm long. Bract 1.5-3.5 mm long. Pedicel 4-6.5 mm long, pubescent. Calyx c. 2.5 mm long, pubescent, teeth longer than the tube. Corolla 3.8-4.5 mm long, violet or white. Fruit 1.2-2.5 cm long, c. 2.5 mm broad, subfalcate, upper suture slightly indented, lower deeply indented between the seeds, articles 6-8, longer than broad, indehiscent, pubescent, hairs hooked, minute.

    Fl.Per: May - September and sometimes other months.

    Holotype: Ind. Orient., Herb. Linn.921.13 (LINN).

    Distribution: Pakistan, Kashmir, India (Punjab, Kumaon, Bengal, Madras, Madhya Pradesh, Bombay), Ceylon, Burma, Tropical Africa, Malaysia, Philippines, China.


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