Monday, January 28, 2013

Afgekia sericea

Afgekia sericea is a tropical climbing legume of the Family Fabaceae. As other legume plants, this plant aslo fixes nitrogen in symbiosis with Rhizobium sp. Afgekia is one of the genera of the Fabaceae family with compund leaves with pinanately-arranged leaflets.

Many plants of the family Fabaceae have beautiful and colourful flowers with various shades of yellow, orange, red and pink. The flower Afgekia sericea certainly ranks as one of the most beautiful among them. The florets are arranged in such away that the flower inflorescen forms the shape of a cone. The florets start to fall down after 2 days of opening, sometimes ending in the formation of small fruits with one to two seed per pod, like those produced by Dalbergia latifolia, but posessing thicker skin and larger black seeds, usually 1-2 per pod.

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