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Common name

Mandarin: 钩柄狸尾豆 (gou bing li wei dou)


Kingdom: Plantae (2666)

  Phylum: Tracheophyta (2580)

    Class: Magnoliopsida (2173)

      Order: Fabales (241)

        Family: Fabaceae (241)(family description)

          Genus: Uraria (5)

            Epithet: rufescens (DC.)Schindl. (2)

Synonyms: Desmodium horsfieldii Miq., Desmodium rufescens sensu Wight & Arn., Doodia hamosa Roxb., Doodia simplicifolia Roxb., Meibomia rufescens Kuntze, Uraria gracilis Prain, Uraria hamosa (Roxb.)Wight & Arn., Uraria paniculata Hassk.

gracilis => slender, graceful

hamosa => hooked, hook-shaped

horsfieldii => in honor of Dr Thomas Horsfield (1773–1859), American physician and naturalist who collected in Java and Sumatra

paniculata => having panicles or tufts of flowers

rufescens => reddish

simplicifolia => simple leaves


Climate: tropical

Habit: herb, shrub

Flower colour: purple, white

External links

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World Flora Online, GBIF or IPNI

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