Flora of the Nilgiris

Family : Fabaceae
Flora of Nilgiri Biosphere (Northern Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve)

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Crotalaria pallida Aiton

Leaf arrangement

Alternate

Leaf Type

Trifoliate

Leaf Shape

Obovate

Leaf Apex

Rotund

Leaf Base

Sub-Acute

Leaf Margin

Entire

Habit : An erect herbaceous shrub.

Habitat and Distribution : Introduced, native to Central and Tropical America. Found in plains, upto 1000m. Has also spread to Tropical Africa, Asia, Malaysia, Queensland.

Indigenous Information : Ants feed on the nectar. Cattle stay away from the plant. Children play with the fruits as a rattle.

 

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Names:


Irula : Jelligai mollai



Flower:

A terminal raceme, yellow, striped with red. Flowering throughout the year.

Fruit :

A pod, oblong, green. Seeds many, reniform. Fruiting throughout the year.

All from Fabaceae
Flora of Nilgiri Biosphere (Northern Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve)