SMITH-ee-uh — named for Sir James Edward Smith, British botanist and physician
sen-si-TEE-vuh — sensitive

commonly known as: sensitive smithia • Bengali: nalakashina • Hindi: ओदाबिरनी odabirni • Konkani: कावडा kawda, कायळो kayalo • Marathi: लाजाळू कवला lajalu kavala

Native to: China, Japan, Indian subcontinent, Indo-China, Malesia, tropical Australia 

India (N); Andhra Pradesh ; Arunachal Pradesh ; Assam ; Bihar; Dadra-Nagar-Haveli ; Delhi ; Goa ; Gujarat ; Haryana ; Himachal Pradesh; Jammu-Kashmir ; Karnataka ; Kerala; Madhaya Pradesh ; Maharashtra ; Manipur; Meghalaya; Mizoram ; Nagaland; Orissa ; Pondicherry; Punjab; Rajasthan ; Sikkim ; Tamil Nadu; Tripura ; Uttar Pradesh ; West Bengal & other countries as per ILDIS;

Ascending annual herb with membranous stipules; leaves pinnate, with up to 10 pairs of leaflets, sensitive to touch, up to 3 cm long, with long hairs, spine-tipped; flowers yellow in axillary racemes; bracteoles adnate to calyx, ovate; calyx 5-8 mm long, setose; corolla slightly longer than calyx; fruit a loment, papillate, with 4-6 joints

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Sonepat, Haryana, 10th April 09; 25th August, 2009- Sanjay Gandhi National Park; last week of Sept 2009, at SGNP, Borivali – Mumbai; between Chiplun and Ganpatipule, Maharashtra taken on 12 September 2010;  Sensitive Smithia – indiantreepix | Google Groups PLANT 147 SMP OCT09 Smithia sensitiva – indiantreepix | Google Groups (100409SCS5-6) Smithia sensitiva – indiantreepix | Google Groups 5 pictures from the plateau from Chiplun to Ganpatipule – efloraofindia | Google Groups

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Smithia sensitiva 1:  Have vast tracks of my property at Shahapur covered with Sensitive Smithia when flowering occurs between the months of August to October. Fruiting generally occurs in October. Sending a few of my photographs.


Great display. Thanks for showing the fruits(Pods) too…..described as flattened; 3-6 jointed; orbicular reddish brown. Many pairs of leaflets also visible in the pictures.


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Smithia sensitiva 2:  Sending a few more of my photographs.


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Plz id this herb: pa17 – 30oct2012:  Another herb with yellow flowers for id if possible. It is quite short maybe around 2 feet or so.


This looks like Sensitive Smithia [Smithia sensitiva]. Some of my photographs of this are available at these links:


Thank you … for the id. Your pix of the butterflies on this plant are wonderful.

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Wild Plant for ID : Pali,Maharashtra : 261112 : AK-1: Saw this small wild plant at a farm in Pali, Maharashtra on 23/11/12.

Plant very small, less than a foot tall.
Could this be Smithia species?


Smithia sensitiva 


 

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Small Herb for ID : Pali,Maharashtra : 271112 : AK-2:  A small herb seen at Pali, Maharashtra on 23/11/12 growing prostrate.

Some Smithia?
Is it the same Smithia sensitiva posted yesterday?
Kindly confirm id.


Smithia sensitiva , Fabaceae 🙂


 

 

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SGNP, Sep 2014 :: Requesting ID of this (Smithia)? :: ARKSEP-31 : 5 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (2).
Requesting to please ID this plant captured en route to Kanheri Caves, SGNP in Sep 2014.
Is it Smithis sensitiva?


Yes it is Smithia sensitiva Aiton 


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Photographed on 11th of October on 2015


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Smithia sensitiva Aiton
at Tungareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary on October 18, 2008 
along Ghodbunder Road on September 13, 2008 
at Tungareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary on September 12, 2009
at BNHS – CEC on September 9, 2007
at off Ghodbunder Road near Gaimukh on August 23, 2008


 

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Smithia sensitiva Aiton, Hort. Kew. 3: 496. 1789
Ascending annual herb with membranous stipules; leaves pinnate, with up to 10 pairs of leaflets, sensitive to touch, up to 3 cm long, with long hairs, spine-tipped; flowers yellow in axillary racemes; bracteoles adnate to calyx, ovate; calyx 5-8 mm long, setose; corolla slightly longer than calyx; fruit a loment, papillate, with 4-6 joints
Photographed from Bangalore in September, 2015

 

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Herb for Id | 02July11AR01: The flower and leaflet structure of the plant draw close to Smithia sensitiva, Fabaceae. 
Date/Time-07 Nov 2010
Location- Place, Altitude, GPS- Chandagal Village, Mysore dist.
Habitat- Garden/ Urban/ Wild/ Type-, Wild
Plant Habit- Tree/ Shrub/ Climber/ Herb-Herb
Height/Length-approx – 1.5 ft, 1-1.43 feet, hairy stem 
Leaves Type/ Shape/ Size- Shape -Leaflet– 7 to 15pairs,  1.5cms, margin smooth, 
Flowers Size/ Colour/ Calyx/ Bracts-1-1.5cms, Yellow,
 

If its carpeting the floor its most likely Smithia sensitiva… and not sesbania  which are mostly erect bush or herb or tree…. and seedpods asre different anatomically….
did you see seedpods?  photoged?

As there are many species in Smithia its difficult to id with some photos, but surely some Smithia sp. (may be S. sensitiva i guess), not Sesbania or Aeschynomene (they are erect herbs or undershrubs)


S. sensitiva of Leguminosae would be the most probable choice. 


 

SMITH-ee-uh — named for Sir James Edward Smith, British botanist and physician
sen-si-TEE-vuh — sensitive
Oct 18, 2008 … at Tungareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary, Maharashtra
commonly known as: sensitive smithia • Bengali: nalakashina • Hindi: ओदाबिरनी odabirni • Konkani: कावडा kawda, कायळो kayalo • Marathi: लाजाळू कवला lajalu kavala
Native to: China, Japan, Indian subcontinent, Indo-China, Malesia, tropical Australia
some views: Sep 12, 2009 … at Tungareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary, Maharashtra
Aug 23, 2008 … along Ghodbunder Road near Gaimukh, Thane, Maharashtra 


 

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Family: Fabaceae
Place of collection: Ranpur, Nayagarh, Orissa
Habit: Herb
Habitat: Wild, in rice fields and grasslands
Altitude: 100 to 200 m above msl


Thanks for showing this Smithia sensitiva
Leaflets 3-10 pairs. Slender plant. Flowers in short racemes.
Smithia conferta would have 5 pairs and flowers solitary or in pairs in axils of crowded leaves.


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Sagargad flora : 3 posts by 3 authors.
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It may be Smithia sensitiva Aiton as per images herein.


 

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Attached images may be Smithia sensitiva Aiton. Pl. validate


I think this may be Smithia conferta Sm. as per images under
Fabaceae (Faboideae) Fortnight :: Smithia conferta :: n Western Ghats :: DVOCT110


Smithia sensitiva


 

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Unknown Fabaceae sp. from Assam : Attachments (5). 5 posts by 4 authors.
Attached images are unknown Fabaceae species. Please ID the species.
Date :06.11.2013
Location:Kamrup district
Family : Fabaceae
Genus & species : Unknown
Habitat: Grows wild
Habit : Herb


Any Smithia sp.?


It could be Smithia sensitiva


Smithia sensitiva as per another thread.


 

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Smithia sensitiva : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (3)

Smithia sensitiva
Uran, Maharashtra
third week of September 2018


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