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Much branched annual or perennial herbs or subshrubs; branchlets densely pubescent with white appressed-hairs. Leaves imparipinnate, to 6 cm long; leaflets 9-15, 1-2 x 0.5-1 cm, obovate or oblanceolate, base acute to cuneate, apex obtuse or retuse, glabrous above and sericeous below; stipules 3-6 mm long, subulate. Inflorescence pseudoracemose, terminal or leaf-opposed, to 7 cm long. Flowers 8-10 mm long, subsessile; bracts linear-deltoid. Calyx c. 5 mm long; lobes filiform, ciliate. Petals pink or white; standard 8-10 mm long, orbicular; wings to 1 cm long, oblong-obovate; keels c. 8 mm long, beaked. Pods 2.5-3.5 x 0.4-0.5 cm, oblong-falcate, densely villous, 5-8-seeded. Seeds c. 3 x 2 mm, reniform, dark brown.

Flowering and fruiting: December-April
Degraded forest areas, also in the plains
South Asia


Tephrosia villosa (L.)Pers : Attachments (2). 2 posts by 2 authors.

Tephrosia villosa (L.)Pers,  Fam: Fabaceae
N 12°.61202, E.78°.93449, 743m
Uddanapalli, Krishnagiri Dt, Tamil Nadu
Weed near road sides, branched herb
Green manure/ mixed with Tephrosia purpurea as a hepatoprotctive herb

Yes, Tephrosia villosadensely hairy pods.


Fabaceae for ID : 7 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (8).
Is this Desmodium sp. ?
Bangalore, 15th June

could it be Indigofera sp.?…

Some more photos to help with the ID

Tephrosia villosa (L.) Pers., frequent weed in open lands

Sorry, …, but the species T. villosa does not match according to this description-

Tephrosia villosa is an annual or perennial bushy herb, 0.3-1.3 m tall. Stem white tomentose.
Leaves imparipinnately compound with 7-19 leaflets, up to 10 cm long; stipules 2-5 mm long; leaflets obovate to elliptical, up to 21 mm x 9 mm, hairy on both sides, each side with 4-8 pairs of distinct veins. Stipules tomentose, caducous and lanceolate.
Flowers in a terminal or upper axillary pseudoraceme 8-22 cm long; pedicel with densely matted hairs, 2-4 mm long; calyx densely matted-hairy, tube about 2 mm long, lobes long-acuminate, to 9 mm long; standard transversely elliptical to broadly ovate, up to 7 mm x 10 mm, dorsally with dense brown hairs. Style glabrous, up to 3-5 mm long, bent sharply upward at base, twisted, penicillate.
Pod strongly curved, up to 4 cm x 6 mm, densely silvery or brown-tomentose, hairs to 2 mm long, 4-10-seeded. Seed 12-16, rectangular, black, smooth, with short hard excrescences, up to 4.5 mm x 2.5-2.75 mm. ”

I think … is right. It looks like Tephrosia villosa to me, too.

Thank you sir. …, my apologies, your id was correct.


ID request 070515SG : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (3)
Requesting ID of following bush. Photo taken on 13Sep14 near Dhavlas, Maharashtra.

It looks to me Tephrosia villosa

Please help me to identify this Tephrosia species. The pods are of 5-6 cm long and hirsute.
Height: c. 1 m
Habitat: semi-evergreen forest edge (road-side)
Date: 18 March 2015
Location: Manimuthar Dam, Tirunelveli dist, TN

Tephrosia species in eFloraofindia (with details/ keys from published papers/ regional floras/ FRLHT/ FOI/ Biotik/ efloras/ books etc., where ever available on net)

It could be either Tephrosia villosa or T. hookeriana.

Images of T. hookeriana fruit at Kerala plants look different, while appears closer to images of Tephrosia villosa

Tephrosia purpurea (Linn.) Pers. Fabaceae (Faboideae)

Thanks, …. But fruits of Tephrosia purpurea look different. Pl. see images at Tephrosia purpurea

Tephrosia villosa (L.) Pers., Syn.Pl. 2:329. 1807.
Perennial bushy herb with imparipinnate leaves with 11 to 19 leaflets, latter oblanceolate, up to 2 cm long, obtuse, mucronate; flowers red or purple in elongated raceme; bract deltoid; pedicel up to 4 mm long; calyx up to 1 cm long, teeth 3 to 4 times as long as tube; corolla standard up to 15 mm long, pubescent; pod up to 4 cm long, velvety.
Photographed from Anjana layout Bangalore

No images attached Sir..

Here are the images. Attachments (2)

30.8.2009- Smiriti van (Jaipur); 29-11-2009 / 04:00 PM- Satyamangalam WLS; On 13/9/09 in a rocky area in Keesaragutta in Rangareddy distt. of A.P.;

Tephrosia villosa – efloraofindia | Google Groups
Tephrosia for id 160310MK3 – efloraofindia | Google Groups
Tephrosia villosa – efloraofindia | Google Groups


Tephrosia villosa :: Puducherry :: 13 OCT 19 : 4 posts by 3 authors. 5 images.
Puducherry  near sea coast
Dates, various: October 13 – 15, 2019 … Altitude range: about 0 – 3 m (0 – 10 feet) asl
Tephrosia villosa  Pers.
Many thanks to … for help with ID at facebook.


12122019EPT44 : 3 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (7)- around 550 kb each.
presenting for Confirmation
Tephrosia villosa ?
Location : Chennai outskirts
Date :11.12.2019
Elevation : 30 mts.
Habitat : Roadside weed
Habit : short plant

I guess the ID is correct !


Tephrosia villosa from Anjana Layout, Bangalore-GS30012022-1: 4 very high res. images.
Tephrosia villosa photographed from Anjana Layout, Bangalore, 21-9-2015.


Regarding identification of the species collected from Jajpur Odisha on Aug 2023: 7 high res. images.

Pl. check Tephrosia:

Tephrosia villosa


Need help with plant ID: 4 images- 1 high res.
Need help with this plant ID.
Seen in Bhopal, 11/9/2023.

Tephrosia villosa (L.) Pers. !

yes … its Tephrosia villosa ..!







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