images by Dinesh Valke & Prashant Awale



kaj-AY-nus — Latinized form of the Malabar vernacular name catjang for the pigeon pea                                                                           HAYN-ee-eye — named for Dr B Heyne, German botanist and traveller 

commonly known as: Heyne’s pigeonpea 

Native to: s-w India, Sri Lanka 

Twining herbs, stem patently hairy. Leaflets obovate, caudate-acuminate, lateral leaflets obliqe, tomentose, to 7 x 4.5 cm. Flowers 2 cm long, confined towards the tip of axillary racemes. Calyx red, pubescent. Petals yellow. Pod villous, 3 cm long; 4-5 seeded.  
Flowering and fruiting: October-February 
Moist deciduous forests 
South West India, Sri Lanka and Indo-China
(Attributions- Dr. N Sasidharan (Dr. B P Pal Fellow), Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi


along Karnataka State Highway No. 34 near Anshi
Date: 21 FEB 2012 … Altitude: about 560 m asl
Cajanus heynei (Wight & Arn.) Maesen  (family: Fabaceae)

Cajanus heynei (Wight & Arn.) Maesen
along KSH No. 34 near Anshi on February 21, 2012 

Seen this Climber at Anshi, Karnataka.
Bot. name: Cajanus heynei
Family: Fabaceae



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