Common Name: Pinto peanut
Pinto peanut is a native of Brazil, it is a perennial legume and used as a forage and ground cover plant. Pinto peanut is also referred to as wild peanut. It is basically a prostrate plant; sometimes seen growing to a height of about 20 cm. The plant is grown in India for its attractive golden yellow flowers and also used as a ground cover. The leaves are tetrafoliolate; leaflets are obovate in shape and measure around 2.4 to 3 cm in length. The inflorescence is axillary and single. The flowers are pea shaped; flower stalk and flower measure around 2.2 cm and 8 mm respectively. Post-pollination, the flower stalk grows into the ground to produce the fruit. However, no fruit was located. Pinto peanut is sold in plant nurseries in Tamilnadu as an ornamental; often planted in large lawns in hilly areas. The plant sets root fast and cover ground quickly.