Jewels on a String, Moulminein Rosewood • Bengali: তূমা Tuma;
Deciduous tree with up to 20 cm pinnate leaves having 5-7 elliptic obtuse leaflets; flowers 7-9 mm long, flower purple-mauve, in up to 20 cm long drooping rceme; ovary pubecent; fruit up to 10 cm long.
Pongamia pinnata (syn: Millettia pinnata) with short thick pods and white flowers and Millettia peguensis Ali (syn: Millettia ovalifolia sensu Kurz pp) with purplish flowers and long flattened hairy pods.


ID of Flowering Tree – 030211 – RK:
Request ID of this tree – have seen it occasionally in Bangalore.
Date/Time – 02-02-11/around5.30pm.
Location – Bangalore.
Habitat – Urban
Ht – Shortish tree.


Millettia peguensis · Synonyms. Pongamia ovalifolia. Millettia ovalifolia. Millettia peguensis, the Moulmein rosewood
Photos taken on 02.2.2011.
Location :
 Botany department, Manasagangothri campus, Mysore

milletia peguensis: I am posting some images of milletia peguensis which i had taken last year in chandigarh around this time. It is a popular tree in some of the northern sectors

– have a very interesting story about this tree. i did my PhD from Panjab University, Chandigarh. Behind the Botany Department there is a long double row (about 500 meters) of these fully grown trees. as the trees are planted closely they form a very shady tract amongst them. so you can find some ‘love birds’  sitting in the shades to catch some private moments. so one of my very senior (he was a research associate at that time) named the plant as “COUPLE PLANT” and he would often use this name to describe the location and the tree with so serious of expressions that a new student would take it to be correct but then he would utter out the explanation and……


Dalbergia for ID : 170511 : AK-2:
Taken at Maharashtra Nature Park, Mumbai, Maharashtra on the 6th of April, 2011. Sorry for the bad picture quality since the flowers were high up the tree.

This is Milletia peguensis.


Tree for Id- 100412-NS2- Frm Pune:
I Photographed this tree in Pune University Campus. I dunno if it’s a planted one or wild variety.
Plz Id.
Flowers- Lavender
Location-Pune University
Date- 18th March 12

Milletia peguensis, from me too.
Here is Gliricidia for comparison
: http://www.flickr.com/photos/dinesh_valke/2242200962/

Yes Milletia peguensis

It is profusely flowering in Delhi also these days.


Fabaceae-Faboideae (Papilionaceae) Week : Trees : Millettia peguensis:
Millettia peguensis
Non native. When in full bloom the whole tree becomes pink.

End of 12th main indiranagar, bangalore is lit by this tree in Jan/Feb


Fabaceae-Faboideae (Papilionaceae) Week: Millettia peguensis from Delhi:
Millettia peguensis Ali in Kew Bull. 21:489. 1968.

syn: Millettia ovalifolia sensu Kurz
Deciduous tree with up to 20 cm pinnate leaves having 5-7 elliptic obtuse leaflets; flowers 7-9 mm long, flower purple-mauve, in up to 20 cm long drooping rceme; ovary pubecent; fruit up to 10 cm long.
Commonly planted as avenue tree in Delhi, photographed from Rajouri Garden, New Delhi in last week of April.


MS-241212 -78 ID requested Fabaceae : Attachments (5).  6 posts by 4 authors.
Herewith sending the photographs of a tree species taken in Mysore garden. Date 24.2.2012 Confirmation of ID requested. Millettia or Lonchocarpus species

Nice pictures …
To me it looks more like Milletia peguensis.

yes, agree with … Milletia peguensis

a very elegant tree… nice shots.

Yes Milletia peguensis

Milletia peguensis

Tree For ID : 160813 : AK-3 :  Attachments (1).  3 posts by 2 authors.

A cultivated, ornamental tree seen in Muscat on 28/6/13 with small green flat pods.

Seems Dalbergia species.

This is Millettia peguensis of Fabaceae.


Moulmein rosewood for ID : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (2).

  • Cubbon Park, Bangalore
  • Taken on Feb 9, 2014
  • Appears to be Moulmein Rosewood based on looking at Trees of Delhi
The trees appeared to be leafless at this time.
Please confirm- thanks in advance!

Millettia peguensis Ali, (Pongamia ovalifolia); Fam: Fabaceae

Yes Milletia peguensis. Fabaceae

Legume tree for ID SN Aug22 : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (3).
Avenue tree in the out skirts of Bangalore

Dalbergia sp?

Millettia peguensis,(= M. ovalifolia, Pongamia ovalifolia) The Moulmein rosewood


Fabaceae (Faboideae) Fortnight :: Milletia ovalifolia-Avenue :: Panchkula :: NS OCT 93/93 : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (4)
These shots of this beautiful avenue tree are from Panchkula, Haryana.. Milletia ovalifolia..


Millettia peguensis Ali in Kew Bull. 21:489. 1968.

syn: Millettia ovalifolia sensu Kurz
Deciduous tree with up to 20 cm pinnate leaves having 5-7 elliptic obtuse leaflets; flowers 7-9 mm long, flower purple-mauve, in up to 20 cm long drooping rceme; ovary pubescent; fruit  up to 10 cm long.
Commonly planted as avenue tree in Delhi, photographed from Rajouri Garden, New Delhi in last week of April.

2032014Al193 Fabaceae for ID : Attachments (3). 8 posts by 3 authors.

Possibly from Banglore. …, pl. confirm it along with whether the palant is ornamental or wild.

It looks like either Milletia ovalifolia or Lonchocarpus serecea. A photo of the entire tree may be useful in identification.

Good representative images.

Millettia peguensis syn Milletia ovalifolia

The fruit does not match those of Lonchocarpus sericeus. And the corolla is inconsistent with that of Pongamia ovalifolia. Fruit of this tree is also much longer than that of Pongamia ovalifolia. Is this positively Pongamia ovalifolia?
Tree looks like an ornamental. Found in the Bangalore University campus, Bangalore.

‘Fruit of this tree is also much longer than that of Pongamia ovalifolia’
Need to consider alternatives.

Millettia species so far in efi.

Millettia peguensis Ali only as per images herein.


Fwd: ID of a Fabaceae tree – Nepal : 3 posts by 1 author. Attachments (7)
I request the experts to kindly ID the tree photographed in Nepal by one of my friends there and sent to me.

Thanks, … Pl. check with images at Gliricidia sepium

It does not match with the characters. I checked. I reserve my ID pending receipt of other recommendations by experts.

To me it seems to be some species of Wisteria.

Thanks, … You are right. It is Millettia peguensis as per images herein.

Millettia peguensis is not listed in Nepal 

As per Flora of Pakistan, this species is native to Lower Burma and Siam but it is cultivated in Burma, India and Pakistan. In Pakistan, it is grown in the gardens at Karachi and Lahore.

As per the plantlist Millettia ovalifolia Kurz is a synonym of Millettia peguensis Ali.

Tree for Id- ID02012018SH2 : 5 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (1)
Tree for Id pl.
Location – Gandhinagar (Gujarat)
Date – July. 2016

I think Milletia ovalifolia

Thanks … I would love to see it’s flowering in spring. I have heard it blossoms in Rani baug, Mumbai.

Yes, it looks elegant when in flowers…

Id of Tree- ID07052018SH3 : 10 posts by 5 authors. Attachments (2) – 2 mb and 4 mb.
For ID of tree. some Sheesam sp.?
Location –Sagar Upvan, Mumbai
Date – April. 2018

I do not know the ID, but not any of sheesam trees. Their pods look different.

Yes … Sheesam pods are flat I suppose.

I think this is Milletia ovalifolia

Pl. Check

The flowers of this tree look like Pongamia pinnata flowers I think.

The tree is closely related to Pongamia. ID by … is correct


Since last week (8/3/08) in wooded gardens of Hiranandani, Powai, Mumbai; on few trees in Kolkata (14/3/08)- also seen on 10/2/08 in Kolkata; in first week of March 2008 from Kothrud Pune Maharashtra; in Delhi- 19/3/08; at nehru park on 5.4.09- Delhi; Agriculture University Gwalior- 2/4/09?; at Talegaon near Pune, Maharashtra in February 2009; at IIT-Madras on May month of 2007; 28/02/2010- Ahmedabad ,Gujarat; in Pune city- 28/2/10; at IIT-Madras on May month of 2007; in Delhi on 27th March 2010; Hiranandani Gardens, Powai, Mumbai- April-May’10?; Trees of Delhi- Flowers sometimes late in March but prime time usually in the 2nd week of April.  Beautiful Trees & Shrubs of Calcutta- Flowers in Spring (Feb.- March). As per link- Fl.Per.: February-April.


Tree for ID : Mumbai : 05MAY19 : AK-5 : 8 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (6)
Tree seen in a cultivated garden in the first week of March.
Mostly, all tender leaves with a few pods.

not gliricidia

Thanks for your views. Will need to check further.

gliricidia has these long branches, often called  “waterspout” configuration and i have not seen any red young leaves on them. we have many of these planted by the highway department in south 24 paraganas and villagers are fond of using their branches as planting for living hedge

Also check/species/a—l/f/fabaceae/millettia/millettia-peguensis

Millettia peguensis seems close.


Flower for Id -ID22032021SH1 – Is this Pongamia glabra.?: 6 images.

Flower for Id pl. Is this a sp. of Pongamia ? Pongamia glabra ??.
Location – Pune
Date – March 2021

You’re right ma’am, but now accepted is Pongamia pinnata,

But as suggested by …, this looks more like Millettia peguensis (Pongamia ovalifolia) as the flowers are conspicuously pink with longish

Looks more like Millettia peguensis, the Moulmein rosewood.

Also check my earlier posting on this species

Thanks … You are right. I was sure about Pongamia genus but the flowers were pinkish compared to P.pinnata, so was rather confused.

Ok, ma’am, final judgement is yours, because you have plant to observe if is there any doubt,


484 ID tree: 12 high res. images.
Please ID tree,
Location: bloomed near Kerala House Delhi INDIA
Altitude: 980fsl
Flower date: 20APR2023, 08.40am
Habitat: moisture wayside
Plant habit: tree erect branches, hard woody stem 55 inches base circumference, rough brownish flaky bark
Height: 05 meters
Leaves: alternate, odd pinnate, leaflets 03 pairs, opposite, elliptic, acute, flexible smooth size:06×4cm
Flower: axillary spike inflorescence, diameter:08mm, violet, non fragrant

Camera: CanonEOS1500D +FL10x

Millettia peguensis Ali [Fabaceae].

Yes, it is Millettia peguensis dear …, thank you very much for ID my plant

Yes sir