Millettia pinnata

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Name and publication

Millettia pinnata (L.) Panigrahi, Panigrahi & Murti, Fl. Bilaspur Distr. 1: 210 (1989).


The fruits are sold as “kianji” in the potpourri trade. These legumes of the Indian-bean or karanja are short-stalked, oblique-oblong to ellipsoid (canoe-shaped), 3-8 cm long x 1.5-3.5 cm wide, smooth, thick-leathery to subwoody, beaked..

Nativity and distribution

Milletia pinnata is native to Australasia.


Fabaceae (alt. Leguminosae), also placed in Papilionaceae