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Flemingia fluminalis

Description from Flora of China

Flemingia strobilifera (Linnaeus) W. T. Aiton var. flumina­lis (C. B. Clarke ex Prain) Thuan; Maughania fluminalis (C. B. Clarke ex Prain) H. L. Li.

Shrublets, erect, ca. 0.5 m tall. Branchlets densely pubes­cent and tomentose. Leaves simple; stipules lanceolate, 1-2 cm, apex with long mucro, persistent or deciduous; petiole usually 1-5 mm, hairy; leaf blade narrowly oblong to lanceolate, 5-9 × 1.5-2.5 cm, pubescent on both surfaces, lateral veins 5-8 pairs, base cuneate, apex rounded-obtuse or acute. Inflorescence a terminal or axillary thyrse, sometimes branched; inflorescence axis 5-10 cm, slightly curved, densely pubescent; cymules small, each enclosed by concave bract; bracts 1-1.5 × 1.8-2.2 cm, papery, both surfaces pubescent, base slightly cordate, apex obviously emarginate. Calyx 2-3 mm, pubescent, with scattered small dark brown sessile glands; lobes ovate, equal to or shorter than tube. Corolla yellow, ca. 6 mm; standard transversely ellip­tic, auriculate, base shortly mucronate; wings obovate, subequal to standard, one with auricle, long mucronate; keel elliptic, slightly curved, shorter and wider than wings, ca. 4 mm, apex shortly mucronate. Legume oblong-elliptic, ca. 7 × 5 mm, densely pubescent. Fl. Jan-May, fr. Feb-Sep.

Flemingia fluminalis is used medicinally. It is included within the following species, F. strobilifera, by some authors.

Plains, mountain slopes. Guangxi, Sichuan, Yunnan [Bangladesh, India, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam].


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