Abrus pulchellus Wall. ex Thwaites

 
  • Family : FABACEAE
    (PEA or BEAN FAMILY)
  • Family (as per The Plant List) : Leguminosae
  • Subfamily : Faboideae
  • Species Name (as per The Plant List) : Abrus pulchellus Thwaites
  • Vernacular name : Valiya kaattumuthira (Malayalam)
  • Habit : Climbing shrub
  • Habitat : Semi-evergreen and moist deciduous forests also dry deciduous forests and plains
  • Key identification features : A wiry climber; podsflat and seed compressed, black
  • Flower, Fruit : August-March
  • Distribution :
    • Andhra Pradesh : Krishna district, Kadapa district, Chittoor district
    • Karnataka : Chikkamagaluru district, Dakshina Kannada district, Davanagare district, Hassan district, Tumakuru district
    • Kerala : Kasaragod district, Kannur district, Wayanad district, Kozhikode district, Malappuram district, Palakkad district, Thrissur district, Idukki district, Pathanamthitta district, Kollam district
    • Tamil Nadu : Coimbatore district, Tirunelveli district
  • World Distribution : India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Myanmar, Malaysia, South Africa, Bhutan, Bangladesh, China
  • Conservation Status : Not Evaluated (NE)
  • Literature : Pullaiah et al., 2001 - Flora of Eastern Ghats Vol. 2; Sasidharan, N. 2011. Flowering plants of Kerala. DVD, V 2, KFRI; Henry, Kumari & Chithra (1983). Flora of Tamil Nadu, India vol. 1; Saldanha & Nicolson, 1976 - Hassan; Saldanha, 1984; Keshava Murthy & Yoganarasimhan, 1990 - Flora of Coorg district, Karnataka state; Gopalakrishna Bhat, 2003 - Udupi; Bhaskar & Kushalappa, 2013- Flora of Tumkur District ; Manjunath et al., 2003 - Davanagere; Gopalakrishna Bhat, 2014 - Flora of South Kanara
  • Citation : Sankara Rao, K., Raja K Swamy, Deepak Kumar, Arun Singh R. and K. Gopalakrishna Bhat (2019). Flora of Peninsular India. http://peninsula.ces.iisc.ac.in/plants.php?name=Abrus pulchellus. Downloaded on 13 December 2019.

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