Mucuna bracteata DC. (syn: Carpopogon bracteatum Roxb.; Mucuna brevipes Craib; Mucuna exserta C.E.C.Fisch.; Mucuna venulosa (Piper) Merr. & F.P.Metcalf; Stizolobium venulosum Piper);
Andaman Is (N); Bangladesh (N); China (N) ; Yunnan ; Hainan (N) ; India (N); Arunachal Pradesh ; Assam; Bihar; Manipur; Meghalaya ; Mizoram ; Sikkim ; Tripura; West Bengal ; Laos (N) ; Myanmar (N) ; Thailand (N) ; Vietnam (N) as per ILDIS;
Common name: East-Himalayan Mucuna • Assamese: বান্দৰ কেকোঁৱা Bandor-kekua • Malayalam: Thottapayar
Climbing shrubs; young parts grey pubescent. Leaves alternate, trifoliolate, up to 25 cm long; leaflets 6.5-15 x 5-12 cm, laterals obliquely ovate or deltoid, terminal ovate-rhomboid, acute or subacute, base rounded, truncate, glabrous or glabrescent above, adpressed pubescent beneath. Racemes up to 16 cm long; flowers blackish purple, 3.5-4.5 cm long; bracts ovate extending to the peduncle. Calyx-tube campanulate; two upper teeth quite connate; lowest longer than the middle ones. Petals much exserted; standard not more than half as long as the rostrate keel, which usually a little exceeds the wings. Stamens diadelphous; anthers dimorphous. Ovary sessile, many-ovuled; style incurved, beardless; stigma capitate. Pods 8-10 x 1.5-2.5 cm, grayish-brown, tomentose, hairs itching; seeds 4 or 5.
Flowering and fruiting: January-April
Grown as cover crop in rubber plantations
India and Myanmar
(Attributions- Dr. N Sasidharan (Dr. B P Pal Fellow), Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi from India Biodiversity Portal)
Mucuna bracteata (Fabaceae) : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (4)- around 400 kb each.
Mucuna Bracteata (Fabaceae)
Baraomara, Tripura, 2018 December
Beautiful pics … third one justifying the specific epithet..
Catalogue of Life The Plant List Ver.1.1 ILDIS Flora of China