Stylosanthes hamata (L.) Taub. (Syn: Hedysarum hamatum L.; Stylosanthes eriocarpa S.F.Blake; Stylosanthes humilis Hemsl.; Stylosanthes procumbens Sw.);
sty-lo-SAN-theez — from the Greek stylos (having styles) and anthos (flowers)
ham-AH-tuh or ham-AY-tuh — hooked
commonly known as: Caribbean stylo • Marathi: हमाटा hamata
Native to: tropical Americas; naturalized in some parts of India
Keys at Lucid Central;


Herb for ID : Nasik : 211011 : AK-1:
Picture taken on the 24th of August,11 at Nasik.
A tiny herb growing wild with a single yellow flower less than 1 cm.
Plant was very small growing in the grass.

Yes definitely, this is introduced with the aim of fodder security

yes Stylosanthes hamatus, an small herb, with trifoliate leaf, commonly called as hamata in many places in Maharashtra..


efloraindia: 311011 BRS 99:

Pl. find the attched file contain photo for id. request.
Date/Time-Location- 29.10.2011 NBNP Garden
Place, Altitude, GPS- Anaikatti (640 MSL) Coimbatore Dist.,
Habitat- Wild
Type-Plant Habit- Herb

Polygala sp. and most probably P. arvensis of Polygalaceae family.

What about Stylosanthes species?
Can’t see the fringed crest here…..

Agree with … This looks like the Carribean Stylo [Stylosanthes hamatus] to me.

A better eye catches the characters easily.
I erred again, not only the fringed crest, here the leaves are tri-foliate. Sorry for the mistake.
I think I misled myself because of the leaf shape, I guess. Thank you for correcting me.


sty-lo-SAN-theez — from the Greek stylos (having styles) and anthos (flowers)
ham-AH-tuh or ham-AY-tuh — hooked

Oct 15, 2011 … along NH4 near Belgaum
commonly known as: Caribbean stylo • Marathi: हमाटा hamata
Native to: tropical Americas; naturalized in some parts of India
some views: Oct 15, 2011 … along NH4 near Belgaum

Beautiful pictures of Stylosanthes hamata plant emerging through Indigofera cordifolia


Fabaceae (Faboideae) Fortnight :: Stylosanthes hamata :: Nipani :: DVOCT119 : 1 post by 1 author. 3 images.
Stylosanthes hamata (L.) Taub.
along NH No. 4 (AH47) near Nipani on October 15, 2011

Plant identification : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (4)- one of 3 MB.
Please identify this plant.
Found in Maldives. Grows in poor soil.

Stylosanthes hamata


Stylosanthes hamata at Munnar- PKA7 : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (5)- around 400 kb each.
Sharing few pics of Stylosanthes hamata from Munnar.
Family: Fabaceae


173 ID wild plant: 14 images.

Please ID wild plant,
Location: near Reserve Forest, Chathamattom, Ernakulam District, (Kochi) Kerala PIN:686671
Altitude: 1400fsl
Flower date: 15.10.2021, 12.50pm
Habitat: wild moisture, riverside
Plant habit: under shrub, erect, branches, hard stem base 5mm diameter, hairy young stem, perennial
Height: 03 feet
Leaves: alternate, tripartite, leaflet ovate oblong apex, size:05×01cm, mucous when chewed
Flower: diameter:07mm, yellow, non fragrant
Fruit: capsule, green into brown, size:8×3×2mm
Seed: brown, single, ovate compressed size:7×2×1mm
Camera: mobile Samsung Galaxy A21s

Fabaceae, but ….!


Stylosanthes hamata (L.) Taub. ?

There seems to be some confusion on ID !

No doubt, yes, it is, dear …  Thank you very much for ID my plant. I think this weed’s seed here comes with wheat grains. I saw another kind of weed seed also with wheat grains. My next request is on this plant, it is only one, rare growing close to Stylosanthes hamata. No wheat cultivation in Kerala, although it is coming from North Indian states.

OK. Please see links I have enclosed !

I will checked all the links and these links also said that my plant is Stylosanthes hamata,

Stylosanthes hamata (L.) Taub

Id is correct as per Keys at Lucid Central;
Also see
Looks different from images of Stylosanthes guianensis (Aubl.) Sw. at POWO


Images of Stylosanthes hamata and Stylosanthes guianensis in Flora of Peninsular India:
Images of Stylosanthes hamata and Stylosanthes guianensis in Flora of Peninsular India, are not correct.

Pl. see discussions at 173 ID wild plant
Pl. correct/ remove.

I had copied mail to FoPI also !


Small Plant for ID : Borgad Conservation Reserve : Nasik : 20NOV21 : AK – 016: 2 + 2 images.
A small plant with tiny yellow flowers.

Stylosanthes sp. ma’am,
Resembles S. hamata, any more information is there like habit,

This was a tiny plant in the grass on the mountain slope.

This plant was seen close by in the same area.
Is it the same?


Stylosanthes mucronata for validation from Hemavathi-Reservoir Hassan-GS22022022-5: 5 very high res. images.
Stylosanthes mucronata for validation photographed from near Hemavathi-Reservoir Hassan, Karnataka, 26-9-2015.

I think it is more closer to images at Stylosanthes hamata (L.) Taub.