Irula: Sethari kodi Tamil: Elumbotti

A straggling shrub, to 3m.

Flower- In axillary racemes, 3-5-flowered; yellow. Flowering from December-January.
Fruit- A pod, longitudinally striate, prickly, warted; seeds oblong. Fruiting January onwards.
Field tips- Branchlets and pods warty.
Leaf Arrangement- Alternate-spiral
Leaf Type- Imparipinnate
Leaf Shape- Obovate
Leaf Apex- Retuse
Leaf Base- Cuneate
Leaf Margin- Entire
Rare in the scrub jungles from plains to 400m. peninsular India and Sri Lanka.
(Attributions- Keystone Foundation




in the Thorn forests of Satyamangalam at low altitude- 10 Dec 2009; 
Fabaceae for id 311209MK2 – efloraofindia | Google Groups


images by Anurag N. Sharma



ANNOV23 Please identify this Fabaceae shrub : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (5)

Chimmony Wildlife Sanctuary
9th November 2014

It must be Ormocarpum sennoides. Very nice pictures!

Very unique type of pods. Is it THE character for ID?

I have a doubt regarding the species of this plant.

How is it different from Ormocarpum cochinchinense ?

It looks like there is confusion in the nomenclature.
As per
FoC, Ormocarpum sen­noides (Willd.) DC. is a synonym of Ormocarpum cochinchinense (Lour.) Merr. 

But according to ILDIS, both are accepted names and both the species are present in India:
Ormocarpum cochinchinense (Lour.) Merr.India:   Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal
Ormocarpum sennoides (Willd.) DC.India:   Andhra Pradesh, Goa, Gujarat, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Orissa, Pondicherry, Tamil Nadu

An another record of ILDIS suggests that Ormocarpum cochinchinense auct. non (Lour.) Merr. is a misapplied name for Ormocarpum sennoides (Willd.) DC. subsp. sennoides (Willd.) DC.

So, we may tentatively call this posted plant from Kerala as Ormocarpum sennoides (Willd.) DC. until this confusion is sorted out.

Thank you very much for this clarification
Further more, can the same be applied to this Ormocarpum sp. I found in Aralam WLS near Iritty last month (Jan.’15)-
efi thread ?




ANJAN37/37 Ormocarpum sennoides : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (4)

Family: Fabaceae
Date: 9th January 2014
Place: Aralam Wildlife Sanctuary, Kerala
Habit: Shrub

Excellent …, never seen…



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