Phyllodium pulchellum (L.) Desv. (syn. Desmodium pulchellu (L.) Benth. [Spelling variant]; Desmodium pulchellum (L.) Benth.; Dicerma pulchellum (L.) DC.; Hedysarum pulchellum L.; Meibomia pulchella (L.) Kuntze; Zornia pulchella (L.) Pers.);
Showy Desmodium • Assamese: Ursi • Hindi: Jatsalpan • Kannada: Jenukaddi, Kadumuduru, Kadunhuralite • Malayalam: Kattumutira, Katumudura • Oriya: Salaparni • Sanskrit: Lodhrah, Lodram • Tamil: Vellalothi • Telugu: Karrantinta, Kondontinta, Sarivi;

Phyllodium pulchellum from Trivandrum : 170314 : SS Feb 3 : 5 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (15).
Some pictures of Phyllodium pulchellum. Family: Fabaceae
Pictures taken on 24th and 25th November 2012. From northwest of Trivandrum city at the foot of the Ghats. 
Growing wild. Tall shrub. Trifoliate leaves. The middle leaflet is much bigger than the lateral ones.
Flowers white, hidden by large circular bracts.

Nice set of photographs.


Fabaceae-Faboideae (Papilionaceae) Week: RVS9: Phyllodium pulchellum:
Phyllodium (= Desmodium) pulchellum from Talakona, AP. (sorry for yet another poor picture!)

Amazing structure of the plant. TFS


Fabaceae-Faboideae (Papilionaceae) Week_Flora of Bannerghatta_131111GK01_Flemingia strobilifera:

Name :Flemingia strobilifera (L.) W.T.Aiton
Family :Leguminosae (Fabaceae)

Date/Time- 17-10-2011

Location- Place, Altitude, GPS- Bennerghatta, Bangalore, Karnataka

Habitat- Garden/ Urban/ Wild/ Type- Moist/Dry Deciduous

Plant Habit- Tree/ Shrub/ Climber/ Herb- Shrub

Height/Length- About 1m

Leaves Type/ Shape/ Size- Simple

Inflorescence Type/ Size- Terminal and Axillary Racemes with foliar bracts

Flowers Size/ Colour/ Calyx/ Bracts- Yellow

Fruits Type/ Shape/ Size Seeds- Not seen yet

this is Phyllodium pulchellum. Flemingia strobilifera has unifoliolate leaves, in addition to other differences.

Yes I agree with … and … that my id as the pictures belongs to Flemingia strobilifera was wrong kindly note the correct name Phyllodium pulchellum as … suggested.

Seeking ID Simple and Compound Leaves on one Plant! : 15 posts by 10 authors. 2 images.
Recently when I had been to Satyamangalam, got to see a unique type of plant with both simple and compound leaves on it. On closer examination I realized that the compound leaves were actually covering the tiny flowers beneath it.
Awaiting help to identify and learn a bit about these type of plants… Are these some form of adaptation?  

The plant in picture belongs to Fabaceae and most probably to genus Desmodium. The structures that you thought were leaves are actually bracts that envelop tiny white flowers. For exact identity please chk
any book that gives details of flora of Kerala or chk Hortus Malabaricus

I think the genus flemingia needs to be checked.

The plant is Flemingia, species may be macrophylla

Thanks, … for the feedback.
As per the link of Flemingia macrophylla, it doesn’t appear to be the same species:

This looks like some species of Phyllodium.

Phyllodium pulchellum (L.) Desv. = Desmodium pulchellum (L.) Benth.

Completely agree with … It is Phyllodium pulchellum (Desmodium pulchellum) of Fabaceae. Attaching a picture also.

Phyllodium pulchellum as suggested by …

It is Desmodium pulchellum it looks like Flemingia chapra a sal associate.

Phyllodium pulchellum = Desmodium pulchellum

Thank you for post. I have pictures of this plant but hadn’t identified it till now. Will post the pictures in a separate post soon.

Desmodium pulchellum (L.) Benth.
Syn: Phyllodium pulchellum (L.) Desv.
Habit: Shrub
Place: Assam

In the key Desmodium pulchellum and Desmodium heterocarpon are close the bracts are large leafy and concealing the flowers though in D. pulchellum which I think are seen here.
Thanks for sharing.


Fabaceae :: Desmodium pulchellum (L.) Benth.: 4 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (9)
Name: Desmodium pulchellum (L.) Benth.
Family: Fabaceae
Habitat: Dry / Moist Deciduous forests
Date: 03 Nov 2017
Place: Mudumalai TR, Nilgiris, TN
Alt.: 940 m asl
I have seen this same plant at this altitude in Sathyamangalam TR too, in Erode District, TN.

Thanks …, I regret I have not took pictures of the leaves.

Being wild, Desmodium pulchellum (L.) Benth. looks logical.
May I request you to pl. send the original of last but one image where some leaves are visible.

Hope this would be useful, …
Attachments (1) – 6 MB.

Thanks, … I can make out.

It is Desmodium pulchellum (L.) Benth. only.

Desmodium pulchellum: 1 image.
On the page of Desmodium pulchellum of efloraofindia the pods of this species are not reported. I wish to share a photo of the pods.
Name: Desmodium pulchellum
Family: Leguminosae (Fabaceae) Sub family: Faboideae (Papilionaceae)
Date/Time: 30 JUL 2023
Location- Place, Altitude, GPS: Lalbagh, Bengaluru. Location of plant 12°56’59.9″N 77°35’06.7″E         
Habitat- Garden/ Urban/ Wild/ Type: Garden
Plant Habit- Tree/ Shrub/ Climber/ Herb: Shrub
Height/Length: About 80 cm., standing erect with support.
Leaves Type/ Shape/ Size: Trifoliate, middle leaflet long lateral leaflets short
Flowers Size/ Colour/ Calyx/ Bracts: Papilionaceous flowers 1.5 to 2 cm long
Fruits Type/ Shape/ Size Seeds: Hairy pods, indented on both sutures, 2.5 cm long.