01. Flower

Mucuna bracteata  produce flowers mainly from matured vines during the months of January and February. The inflorescence is a raceme of 15 to 20 cm.long. Flowers from the places of fruit set are different from those in non fruit set area. Fruit set in the favourable localities is from the flowers which are soft and the keel petals open easily. On the contrary the flowers where no fruit set is taking place are more dark coloured and hard. Keel petals joined firmly  and never open .Fruits do not form even if the flowers are opened mechanically. In high ranges of western ghat of India fruit set is observed showing fairly cold climate is essential for fruit set.  Insect pollination is noticed in Mucuna bracteata . The calyx of the flowers are covered with irritating hairs