Rhynchosia minima

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  • Botanical Name : Rhynchosia minima (L.) DC.
  • Synonyms : Dolichos minimus L.
  • Common Name : Burn-Mouth Vine, Jumby-Bean, Nahani Kamala Vel
  • Plant Family : Papilionaceae
  • Plant Form : Climbers
  • Occurrence (Sectors) : 1, 20, 26-28, 30
  • Occurrence (Special Areas) : Indroda Park, Ayurvedic Udyan, Punit Van, Sarita Udyan, Van Chetana Kendra, Basan

About Rhynchosia minima Plant :

  • Habit : An annual climbing slender herb, stems and branches pubescent when young, at length glabrous or nearly so.
  • Leaves :
    • Trifoliate, stipules lanceolate, minute, persistent.
    • Leaflets obtuse, strongly 3-nerved from the base, as broad as long or broader, dotted beneath with greenish dots, lateral leaflets as large as the terminal one or smaller.
  • Inflorescence : Slender axillary racemes which are generally slightly longer than the leaves.
  • Flowers : Corolla yellow or ochre-yellow coloured.
  • Fruit : Small, compressed, 2-seeded.
  • Flowering and Fruiting Time : July - October
  • Significance : The leaves are sometimes used as an abortifacient.