Keys from Flora of Bhutan (with habitat and elevation and flowering time):
1. Plants +/- leafless at flowering time …….. 1. P. sikkimensis (Terai and subtropical forest slopes, 200-400m. February-March.)
+ Plants bearing leaves at flowering time …. 2.
2. Calyx 5-7mm; stipules basifixed ……….. Species 2 (P. lobata (Willdenow) Ohwi; P. rhunbergiana (Siebold & Zuccarini) Bentham, P. thomsonii Bentham- Margins of forests, 300—1800m. August—September), Species 3 (P. edulis Pampanini; P. quadrisripeilara W. W. Smith- Amongst shrubs on hillsides, 1525-2400m. July—October) & Species 4 (P. peduncularis (Bentham) Bentham- Cool broad-leaved forest, 2100—3050m. June-August)
+ Calyx (8—)I0— 15mm ; stipules medifixed ………………… .. Species 5 (P. wallichii DC.) & Species 6 (P. phaseoloides (Roxb.) Bentham- Selim. 300m. August-October)

Pueraria montana var. thomsonii (Benth.) M.R.Almeida (Tropical & Subtropical Asia: Bangladesh, China South-Central, China Southeast, East Himalaya, Hainan, India, Laos, Myanmar, Nansei-shoto, Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand, Tibet, Vietnam as per POWO)

Images by Vijayasankar Raman & M. Sawmliana (Inserted by J.M.Garg) 



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species in India:

  1. Pueraria bella Prain
  2. P. candollei Grah. ex Benth.
  3. P. edulis Pamp.
  4. P. ferruginea Kurz [synonym of Shuteria hirsuta Baker]
  5. P. garhwalensis L.R.Dangwal & D.S.Rawat
  6. P. lobata (Willd.) Ohwi var. lobata [synonym of P. montana var. lobata
    (Willd.) Sanjappa & Pradeep]; var. thomsoni (Benth.) Maesen [synonym of
    P. montana var. chinensis (Ohwi) Sanjappa & Pradeep]
  7. P. peduncularis (Grah. ex Benth.) Benth.
  8. P. phaseoloides (Roxb.) Benth. var. javanica (Benth.) Baker; var.
    subspicata (Benth.) Maesen
  9. P. sikkimensis Prain
  10. P. stracheyi Baker
  11. P. strobilifera Kurz ex Prain [synonym of Shuteria hirsuta Baker]
  12. P. tuberosa (Roxb. ex Willd.) DC.
  13. P. wallichii DC.
  14. P. yunnanensis Franch. [synonym of P. peduncularis (Benth.) Benth.]


1. Sanjappa, M. 1992. Legumes of India. BSMP Dehradun. pp.232-236.

2. Dangwal, L.R. and Rawat, D.S. 1996. A New Species of Pueraria D.C. (Fabaceae) from Garhwal Himalaya. U.P., IndiaJ. Bombay nat. Hist.Soc. 93:570572
3.  eFI page

Binomial Habit Notes Ref. Distrib.
Pueraria triloba (Lour.) Makino = Pueraria montana var. lobata Shrub Western Ghats,
Evergreen Forests, Native of Indo – Chinese Region 
Flora of Tamil
Nadu, VOL. I, 1983
Pueraria tuberosa DC. Climber Western
Ghats & Eastern Ghats, Moist Deciduous Forests
of Tamil Nadu, VOL. I, 1983
Namakkal, Nilgiri, Tiruvanna malai 


FRLHT Indian Medicinal Plants (Nomenclature Database with images/ herbarium, distribution, local names etc.) :

Botanical name Synonyms Family Common name
Pueraria phaseoloides   Dolichos phaseoloides, Neustanthus phaseoloides   Fabaceae   Tropical Kudzu
Pueraria tuberosa   Hedysarum tuberosum   Fabaceae   Indian Kudzu

Pueraria lobata (Willd.) Ohwi (Cultivated) = Pueraria montana var. lobata (Willd.) Maesen & S. M. Almeida ex Sanjappa & Predeep




Pueraria: The Genus Pueraria edited by Wing Ming Keung (2003)- Details-


Indian Medicinal Plants: An Illustrated Dictionary edited by C.P. Khare (2007)- Details-


Forest Plants of Eastern India By Amal Bhusan Chaudhuri (1993)- Brief details with some keys
Pueraria anabaptista Kurzis a synonym of Shuteria hirsuta Baker
Floristic Diversity of Assam: Study of Pabitora Wildlife Sanctuary By Bora, Yogendra Kumar (2003)- Details with keys



I have updated eFI (efloraofindia) page on Pueraria (Pl. click).

Attempts have been made to incorporate most of the species available in India & nearby areas with details & keys directly or through links as far as possible. It’s quite possible that there may be some discrepancy in the accepted names & synonyms taken from other links.

Species discussed so far in efloraofindia are given at the bottom of the page in the form of links against Subpages. On clicking them one can see all the details.

If someone can provide complete list of Indian species with source references it will be wonderful.
Any comments/ corrections are welcome.

I have compiled and added the list of Indian species.


Pl. go through Pueraria (‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎Fabaceae (Leguminosae)‎) page with images of species in efloraofindia.

If you find any incorrect identification, pl. let us know. If anybody can send images of other species of this genera (for incorporation in the website), if any, or can identify unidentified images, it will be really nice.


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