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Pakistan | Family List | Papilionaceae | Desmodium

Desmodium triangulare (Retz.) Merr. in J.Arn.Arb. 23:170. 1942. Meeuwen. in Reinwardtia 6:261.1962.

Vern.: Lapoti (Cooke l.c.).

  • Dendrolobium triangulare (Retz.) Schindler
  • Desmodium cephalotes (Roxb.) Wall.ex Wight & Arnott
  • Desmodium cephalotes var. congestum Prain
  • Desmodium congestum Wall. ex Wight & Arnott
  • Hedysarum cephalotes* Roxb.
  • Hedysarum triangulare Retz.

    Perennial, shrub, 12-15 cm tall, branches triquetrous, silky-pubescent. Terminal leaflets 6.5-10 cm long, 3-5 cm broad, lateral smaller, obovate, acute, glabrous above, silky below, stipels 7 mm long. Inflorescence axillary, 20 or more flowered pedunculate umbel. Pedicel 0-2.5 mm long, unequal. Calyx c. 5 mm long, silky pubescent, teeth subequal to the cup. Corolla 8.5 mm long, red. Fruit 1.8-2.5 cm long, pubescent, silky or glabrous, slightly curved, slightly more indented on the lower suture, articles 3-6, as long as broad.

    Fl.Per.: Aug.-October.

    Type: Thunberg's specimen (LD).

    Distribution: Pakistan (introduced), India (Bengal, Assam, Bombay, Madras), Ceylon, Burma, Indonesia, Borneo, Thailand, Cambodia, Australia, Guinea.


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