Flora of the Nilgiris

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

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Mucuna pruriens (L.) DC.

Leaf arrangement

Alternate distichous

Leaf Type

Pinnately trifoliate

Leaf Shape

Ovate, Rhomboid

Leaf Apex

Acute

Leaf Base

Truncate

Leaf Margin

Entire

Habit : A slender climber.

Habitat and Distribution : Along rivers, in plains and lower hills across the Indian subcontinent.

Indigenous Information : Flies forage on the flower. The hairs on the fruit have irritants that can cause fever. It is also used for black magic with some other herbs. The spells are strong and can be used for good or evil. The roots and seeds are also used for medicinal preparations.

 

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Names:


Irula : Koniya kodi
Tamil : Poonaikaali
Hindi : Kiwach

Flower:

In pendulous racemes. Dark purple. Flowering from December-March.

Fruit :

An S-shaped ridged pod with irritant reddish brown hairs. Seeds 6, flat, gre-black. Fruiting from January-March.

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