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Dicentra torulosa Hook. f. & Thomson, Fl. Ind. 272. 1855; Hook. f., Fl. Brit. India 1: 121. 1872. Dactylicapnos torulosa (Hook. f. & Thomson) Hutch. in Bull. Misc. Inf. Kew 1921: 104. 1921.


Herbs, slender, trailing or climbing, glabrous; stems sulcate, 2 - 3 m long, whitish or yellowish. Leaves biternately decompound, 4 - 10 cm long, exstipulate; petioles 4 - 12 cm long, ending in a branched tendril; leaflets ovate, obovate or elliptic to linear-lanceolate, cuneate at base, acute at apex, 10 - 20 x 6 - 10 mm, membranous; terminal leaflet ovate, ovate-spathulate, elliptic-ovate, acute at base, apiculate at apex, 1.5 x 0.8 cm, sometimes up to 2.5 x 1.2 cm; nerves palmately 3 - 5, rather indistinct; terminal petiolules longer than lateral ones. Flowers golden yellow, cylindrical, ca 6 - 8 mm long, in leaf-opposed ca 4 cm long corymbose racemes or subumbels; peduncles 1 - 2 cm long; pedicels slender, ca 8 mm long; bracts linear, fimbriate, 6 - 8 mm long. Sepals linear-lubulate, scale-like, ca 2 mm long, lacerate along margins. Petals connivent, ca 8 mm long; outer two oblong, concave, saccate at base, acute at apex; inner two keeled, briefly elawed at base, cohering at apex. Stamens diadelphous from base; filaments with short basal spurs. Ovary linear, style slender; stigma quadrately bilobed. Capsules pod-like, linear, curved, torulose with persistent narrowed style, 2 - 5 cm long, 2 4 mm thick, dehiscing by 2 membranous longitudinal valves; seeds many, uniseriate, strophiolate at base, striated, beaked with 2-lobed aril, 1 - 1.5 mm broad, granulate, opaque, brownish.

Fl. June - Aug.; Fr. Sept. - Nov.

Distrib. India: Meghalaya.

Endemic.




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