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Densely puescent shrub with trifoliate leaves on long petiole, with broad orbicular to ovate-obovate up to 8 cm long leaflets; flowers pale lilac to dark purple, 10-15 mm long, in spreading panicle up to 50 cm long, flowers 2-3 at each node; pod up 5-8 cm long, upper suture straight, lower constricted.
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Desmodium elegans DC. in Ann. Sci.Nat. 4:100. Jan. 1825.
Syn: Desmodium nutans Wall. ex Hook.; Desmodium tiliifolium (D.Don) G.Don; Hedysarum tiliifolium D.Don
Densely puescent shrub with trifoliate leaves on long petiole, with broad orbicular to ovate-obovate up to 8 cm long leaflets; flowers pale lilac to dark purple, 10-15 mm long, in spreading panicle up to 50 cm long, flowers 2-3 at each node; pod up 5-8 cm long, upper suture straight, lower constricted.
Photographed from Banihal in Jammu & Kashmir, along hill slopes in August, and Chakrata in September

Beautiful plant indeed. The illustrative pictures show how much important the pods are in Fabaceae


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Desmodium elegans DC. … (family: Fabaceae)
1 AUG 12
Govind Ghat – Ghangaria trail about 8000 ft


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VoF Week: Desmodium elegans from the way to Ghangriya:
Desmodium elegans from the way to Ghangriya
Quite common on the way



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Desmodium elegans DC. … (family: Fabaceae)
1 AUG 12
Govind Ghat – Ghangaria trail about 8000 ft


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VOF Week :: Desmodium elegans along Govind Ghat – Ghangaria trail:
Desmodium elegans (Family: Fabaceae) along Govind Ghat – Ghangaria trail.

Very good photographs including the pods.



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Flora of Chakrata: Desmodium shrub for id confirmation 2011: This one was shot from Chakrata area, I hope this should be Desmodium elegansSeptember 2011…


It looks me Desmodium elegans


 


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Wild Plant For ID : Way To Pahalgam : 211013 : AK-1 : Attachments (2).  3 posts by 2 authors.
A wild plant seen on 6/9/2011 on way to Pahalgam with tiny pink flowers.
Sorry for the bad pictures. Due to the heavy traffic, it was not possible to go closer.
Desmodium?


Desmodium elegans I hope


Thanks … So my guess of Desmodium was right?



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Seen this shrub en-route Rolla at GHNP.
Bot. name: Desmodium elegans
Family: Fabaceae

 


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ANNOV04 Fabaceae twiner for identification : 4 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (7).
Mussoorie
1st November 2014

I am doubtful whether fruit and flower are belonging to the same plant, fruit is Desmodium like.


I think this is Desmodium elegans


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Desmodium elegans – — en route Rolla- GHNP107 – Nov- PKA14 : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2).

Seen this shrub en-route Rolla at GHNP.
Bot. name: Desmodium elegans
Family: Fabaceae

 


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Fabaceae-Faboideae (papilionaceae) Week: Desmodium elegans from Banihal, Jammu & Kashmir-GSOCT17/22 : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (2)
Desmodium elegans DC. in Ann. Sci.Nat. 4:100. Jan. 1825.
Syn: Desmodium nutans Wall. ex Hook.; Desmodium tiliifolium (D.Don) G.Don; Hedysarum tiliifolium D.Don
Densely puescent shrub with trifoliate leaves on long petiole, with broad orbicular to ovate-obovate  up to 8 cm long leaflets; flowers pale lilac to dark purple, 10-15 mm long, in spreading panicle up to 50 cm long, flowers 2-3 at each node; pod up 5-8 cm long, upper suture straight, lower constricted.
Photographed from Banihal in Jammu & Kashmir

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Fabaceae (Faboideae) Fortnight: Desmodium elegans from Chakrata-GSOCT18/23 : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (4)
Desmodium elegans DC. in Ann. Sci.Nat. 4:100. Jan. 1825.
Syn: Desmodium nutans Wall. ex Hook.; Desmodium tiliifolium (D.Don) G.Don; Hedysarum tiliifolium D.Don
Densely puescent shrub with trifoliate leaves on long petiole, with broad orbicular to ovate-obovate  up to 8 cm long leaflets; flowers pale lilac to dark purple, 10-15 mm long, in spreading panicle up to 50 cm long, flowers 2-3 at each node; pod up 5-8 cm long, upper suture straight, lower constricted.
Photographed from Chakrata in September


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Desmodium elegans DC.
along Govind Ghat – Ghangaria trail on August 1, 2012


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Here are few shots of elegant Desmodium recorded from Chakrata, Valley of Flowers and Gori valley..
Desmodium elegans


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Seen this Shrub at “Dachigam National Forest”.
Bot. name: Desmodium elegans
Family: Fabaceae
Date/Time: 24-09-2011 / 04:00PM
Location: Dachigam National Forest, near Srinagar, J & K.
Habitat: Wild
Plant Habit: Shrub.


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Fabaceae (Faboideae)Fortnight:: Desmodium elegans:: Govind Ghat – Ghangaria trail::PKA-OCT-77: : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (4)
Desmodium elegans (Family: Fabaceae) along Govind Ghat- Ghangaria trail. 



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Desmodium multiflorum? ABAUG2016/58 : 6 posts by 3 authors. 10 images.
Please advise. If there is a simple visual feature to differentiate D. multiflorum from D. elegans, I will be very grateful for it.
Desmodium multiflorum or D. elegans?
Mcleodganj-Triund trek, HP
1900m 
21 August 2016
2nd specimen at 1850m; I think this is the same species but posting it separately in case I am mistaken.

efi page on Desmodium multiflorum & Desmodium elegans
1st set appears like Desmodium elegans (with images)   


I collected a branch with pods of the second sample (because it was nearby) and looked closely. The pods are covered in silvery hair with an occasional brown strand (Oleg Polunin and Stainton say D. multiflorum has brown hair on pods). The terminal leaf is always pointed (D. elegans). I would like to think my samples are D. elegans but the pods are small, matching the size of D. multiflorum. Please advise. 6 images.


fantastic. esp. all those white background photography and close ups. so many fibres in the tiny green capsule. so its not just cellulose. wonder what is the chemical constituent. may be some senior members know? added them in mail today

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Desmodium sp.? ABSEP2016/41 : 5 posts by 4 authors. 4 images.
Before seeing the flowers, I had assumed that this small tree was a Butea sp. Now the flowers point to a Desmodium sp. The leaves are large, the terminal leaflet about 6-7cm long. I know some Desmodiums have shrub-like habits. Could this be one? Please advise.
Near Mcleodganj, HP 1800m 21-22 September 2016


I think Desmodium elegans..


Thank you … After your email I researched a bit more and found that the plant indeed can grow above six feet in height and has large leaves. I will keep watch for the seedpods and compare it with the other Desmodium here (small shrubs in habit).


Desmodium elegans



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For ID 060810 ET : 11 posts by 9 authors. Attachments (2)

I took this flower picture during Char Dam yatra near Gangotri
Date/Time-7.7.10     —-11.48am
Location- Place, Altitude, GPS- —  Gangotri
Habitat- Garden/ Urban/ Wild/ Type- —-wild
Plant Habit- Tree/ Shrub/ Climber/ Herb-   shurb
Height/Length- —–Around  3 me
Leaves Type/ Shape/ Size ——-as seen in the picture
Please give ID


It seems to be a legume, perhaps Desmodium sp.


Pl. Check for Desmodium elegans. Attaching the photographs taken at way to Valley of Flowers i.e. Govindghat to Ghangharia in 2008. Attachments (1)


… it the plant looks close to Desmodium elegans as pointed by you,  So I think there is a good possibility of it being the plant.


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Request for ID 060809 Lidder Valley 6 : 6 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (3)
Photos taken at ‘Mundlan, Near Pahalgam, Lidder Valley, Jammu & Kashmir.
Date- 06th August 2009.

I knew it was Desmodium when I saw your photographs but was not sure about  the species. I may identify with surety when I am back to India, but tentatively It may be D. elegans


Or perhaps more closely D. multiflorum


I think close to images at Desmodium elegans DC. 



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Creeper/ABOCT20 : 5 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (1)
This one with trifoliolate leaves had these beans growing and I thought that this might aid in identifying the plant.
Above Mcleodganj, Dharamshala, HP
1800m approx.
26 October 2014


Surely Desmodium.. may be D. elegans …


efi page on Desmodium elegans 


It should be Desmodium multiflorum


Does not matches with other images at Desmodium multiflorum DC.


I think, Desmodium elegans.

 


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SK586 21 JUN-2017:ID : 4 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (11)
Location: Beni, Nepal
Date: 7 April  2017
Altitude: 3000 ft.

A fabaceae member. Beautiful images.


Yes, I guess so !


To me appear close to images at Desmodium elegans DC. 


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Flower for Id ( from Bhutan) -ID20032018SH1 : 10 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (5)
Flower for id pl. Is it Daphne odora ?
Location – Near Punakha (Bhutan)
Date – March. 2018

Extremely Sorry For the copy/paste. Didn’t want to write Daphne Odora. Can it be edited ?

Pl. check

It resembles Desmodium elegans, or something close to it.

Can it be Indigofera heterantha ?

May I request you to post original image of your 2nd image to see the details.

Posting the original image
Attachments (1)

Thanks, …, for the id.
To me also appear most closer to Desmodium elegans DC.  as per comparative images at Desmodium

 


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Saw these along the Govindghat-Ghangaria trail, Uttarakhand in Aug 2018.
IDed based on efi pics. Requested to kindly validate.


Other recipients:
I guess correct ID. Thank you. Saroj Kasaju
I guess correct ID.

guess its correct.

 



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SK1977 06 June 2019 : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (12)- around 650 kb each.

Location: Chandragiri, Kathmandu, Nepal
Altitude: 2326 m.
Date: 27 May 2019
Habit : Wild
Desmodium elegans DC. ??

Yes, to me also appears close to images at Desmodium elegans



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Please check one more time regarding the identification of this species.
To me it is not Pueraria phaseoloides.

It looks me Desmodium elegans which is a shrub and flowers during may to july. and found in tempreat area.


…, please note the plant at flowersofindia has been wrongly identified by me … you may consider … thought of Desmodium elegans.



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Desmodium elegans?? 191111-PKA2: Seen this Shrub at “Dachigam National Forest”.

Could this be Desmodium elegans?
Family: Fabaceae
Date/Time: 24-09-2011 / 04:00PM
Location:
Dachigam National Forest, near Srinagar, J & K.
Habitat: Wild
Plant Habit: Shrub.


I think u r right …


…The racemes of Desmodium sp. are really beautiful. I think this was not shared during Fabaceae week.


It was …, but flowering was not that profuse.
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Request for ID : 081011 : AK-3:
Picture taken on the 5th of Sept,
at Patni Top, Udhampur, Kashmir.
Found growing wild along the roadside.
A medium tree.


This could have been a shrub or small tree…I remember it was on a slope.


Desmodium tliifolium, I hope


….this seems to be a shrub.
Please check on Flowersofindia for ‘Tropical Kudzu’ or ‘Pueraria phaseoloides’.
It could be the same.


Desmodium tiliifolium (D. Don) G. Don now correctly Known as Desmodium elegans DC.


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SK 3011 03 October 2021: 1 very high res. image.
Location: Jumla, West Nepal
Altitude: 2200 m.
Date: 16 August 2021
Habit : Wild
Fabaceae …. ???


I think it is close to the images at Desmodium elegans DC.


I guess this is Hylodesmum williamsii (H.Ohashi) H.Ohashi & R.R.Mill Syn : Desmodium williamsii H.Ohashi !
http://www.plantsoftheworldonline


I do not think so.



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