Description from Flora of China
Smithia javanica Bentham.
Herbs, annual, 15-100 cm tall, ascending to decumbent. Stems slender, many branched, glabrous; nodes congested apically on stems. Stipules membranous, dry, glabrous. Leaves 6-20-foliolate, sensitive; rachis 1-3 cm, with small spinelike trichomes; petiolules ca. 1 mm, glabrous; leaflet blades oblong, 4-10 × 1.5-3 mm, thinly papery, secondary veins 5 on each side of midvein, apex obtuse to rounded and with a spinelike mucro. Inflorescences axillary racemes, with 1-6 or more flowers clustered near apex; peduncle short; bracts stipule-shaped, caducous. Flowers 8-10 mm. Pedicel 2-3 mm; bracteoles 2, ovate, ca. 1/3 as long as calyx, adnate to calyx, persistent, margin ciliate. Calyx 5-8 mm, thickly papery, sparsely setose, with parallel veins. Corolla yellow, slightly longer than calyx; standard obovate, ca. 5 mm wide, claw short, apex slightly emarginate; wings oblong, shorter than standard; keels ± as long as wings. Stamens diadelphous. Ovary linear, with numerous ovules. Legume a plicate loment, shortly stipitate, divided into 4-6 articles; articles densely papillate. Seeds not seen. Fl. Jul-Sep, fr. Sep-Nov. 2n = 38.
This species probably is introduced in some regions of its stated range. It is used for medicinal purposes and fodder.
Field margins, wetlands; near sea level to 1000 m. Fujian, Guangdong, Guangxi, Guizhou, Hainan, Hunan, Jiangxi, Sichuan, Taiwan, Yunnan [Bhutan, India, Indonesia, Kashmir, Laos, Malaysia, Nepal, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam; Africa, N Australia].