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<big>''[[Cajanus scarabaeoides]]'' (L.) du Petit-Thouars</big>
:Family: Leguminosae - Papilionoideae
== Synonyms ==
''Atylosia scarabaeoides'' (L.) Benth.
== Vernacular names ==
== Observations ==
Prostrate herb or creeper-climber, puberulous. Leaves trifoliolate, petiole 4-20 mm, rachis 2-5 mm long. Leaflets obovate, 15-45 mm × 7-27 mm, coriaceous, with punctate glands below, sparsely white pubescent. Inflorescence a short, axillary raceme with 1-6 yellow flowers. Calyx up to 9 mm long, teeth lanceolate; standard obovate, sometimes with red veins. Pod oblong, 15-20 cm × 6-10 mm, constricted between the seeds, 2-6-seeded. Seed 4-5 mm × 2 mm, beetle-like because of the strophiole, greyish with black and cream mottle. ''C. scarabaeoides'' occurs in open grassland, dry scrub vegetation and deciduous monsoon forest as a drought-resistant element in the dry season, up to 1000 m altitude. It acts against diarrhoea in cattle. A long-peduncled variety is found in northern Australia.
== Selected sources ==
== Authors ==
M.S.M. Sosef & L.J.G. van der Maesen
[[Category:Auxiliary plants (PROSEA)]]