Bhutan (N) [1947]; China (N); Fujian ; Guangdong; Guangxi ; Guizhou ; Hubei ; Hunan ; Jiangxi ; Sichuan ; Xizang Zizhiqu ; Yunnan; Zhejiang ; India (N); Arunachal Pradesh; Assam ; Himachal Pradesh; Jammu-Kashmir; Madhaya Pradesh; Manipur ; Meghalaya; Mizoram; Nagaland ; Orissa ; Punjab; Sikkim ; Uttar Pradesh; West Bengal ; Laos (N) ; Mauritius (I); Myanmar (N) ; Nepal (N) ; Pakistan (N); Taiwan (N) ; Thailand (N) as per ILDIS;

Shurb 0.5-2m, leaves ± coriaceous, 3-foliate, elliptic or obovate, 2-6(-9) x 1.5-3.5(-4)cm, acute or obtuse, base rounded, appressed pubescent especially beneath, petioles 2-5cm, stipels subulate 2-3mm, stipules lanceolate, 6-10 x 1.5-2mm. Calyx 3-4mm. Petals purplish, but more deeply along lower one, and dividing into 4-7 elliptic sefmenrs 3-4 x 3mm, appressed pubescent

Fl. July-September
On banks in evergreen oak forests
(Attributions- A.C.J Grierson & D.G Long. Flora of Bhutan. Published by RBGE. 1987 from Bhutan Biodiversity Portal)


Fabaceae-Faboideae (Papilionaceae) Week: Desmodium laxiflorum from near Dakpathar on Chakrata road:
Desmodium laxiflorum DC. in Ann. Sci. Nat. Paris ser. 1.4 : 100. Jan. 1825.

Syn: Desmodium difusum DC.
Photographed near Dakpathar along Chakrata road.

Here are mines Sir same Place

This does not look like Desmodium laxiflorum to me. My photographs for comparison are available at this link

Thanks for pointing out. Our identification was based on plant uploaded by … in the following thread. In fact I had pointed out that this plant looks different from one on FOI.
efi thread

Sending you a photograph of the leaves of Desmodium laxiflorum taken on my property for comparison.

Thanks …. I hope you are right. Perhaps my, …, … plant is Desmodium multiflorum (syn: D. floribundum), please see Plant uploaded by … with fruits.
efi thread


Fabaceae (Faboideae) Fortnight: Desmodium laxiflorum from near Dakpathar on Chakrata road-GSOCT20/25 : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (3)
Desmodium laxiflorum DC. in Ann.Sci.Nat.Paris ser. 1.4 : 100. Jan. 1825.
Syn: Desmodium difusum DC.
Small shrub with pubescent young branches; leaves trifoliate on up to 8 cm long petiole, terminal leaflet up to 15 cm long, lateral leaflets smaller, elliptic to broadly lanceolate; flowers white or pinkish with darker keel, 6-8 mm long, in lax erect raceme; pod 3-5 cm long, 6-10 jointed, both sutures constricted, pubescent.
Photographed near Dakpathar along Chakrata road.

Desmodium multiflorum DC. as per images herein and as per another thread.


Flora of Chakrata: Desmodium sp. 2 for id:
This Desmodium sp. was again shot from Chakrata area during september 2011 tour, identification please….

Desmodium parviflorum

Does not match with other images at Desmodiastrum racemosum var. parviflorum (Dalzell) A.Pramanik & Thoth. for which it is a synonym & also there is no distribution in Uttarakhand.

I think closer to images at Desmodium multiflorum DC.

Thanks …, I hope this thread is concluded now…!!

Fabaceae (Faboideae) Fortnight :: Desmodium for id :: Chakrata :: NS OCT 43/43 : 5 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (5)
This Desmodium was recorded from Chakrata, please suggest proper id..Desmodium heterocarpon…?

…, this does not look like D. heterocarpon. Eager to know the ID.

I think closer to images at Desmodium multiflorum DC.

Yes, they are matching with Desmodium multiflorum….

Fab fortnight UP9 : 4 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (1)
Id pl of the plant seen at Haflang in Oct 14.
Is it Desmodium? which?

Ask them to upload some more photo.
From this single photo it can not be confirmed

no other photos pl.

I think closer to images at Desmodium multiflorum DC.

SK428 16MAR-2017:ID : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (5)
Location: Lele, Lalitpur, , Nepal
Altitude:  4400 ft.
Date: 13 September 2014 
Desmodium …??

Yes. Pl. Check comparative images in efi at desmodium page.

I think closer to images at Desmodium multiflorum DC. as per comparative images at Desmodium

SK138OCT09-2016:ID : 5 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (4)
Sharing some pictures for ID shot in the Kathmandu suburb on 28 September 2013 at around 5000 ft.

Any Desmodium ?

Can it be some species of Indigofera?

What about the desmodium you recently posted.

I mean Desmodium heterocarpon ?

I think closer to images at Desmodium multiflorum DC.

Kalatope confusion 2 id al130911a:
Another one looks similar to the last one.. but it’s different..

Location Kalatope
Altitude 2100 mts
Habit herb
Habitat wild
Height 24-30 inches…

Yes I too think that this is Desmodium multiflorum. The leaves (shape and size) and the standard petal is of D. multiflorum. 

Deasmodium for ID?050510-PKA3 – efloraofindia | Google Groups : 6 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (3)
Request for ID of this herb from Mizoram. This herb was found to be dominating the hills near Aizawl.  Looks like Desmodium sp.

Date/Time-  08-11-2008 / 06:40AM

Location-    Mizoram (Near Aizawl)

Habitat-      Wild

Plant Habit- Herb

Height/Length- approx 15 to 20cm

Leaves Type/ Shape/ Size- 3 foliolate, leaflet 1.5 to 4 cm, rounded at apex & mucronate, terminal one larger
Flowers purple coloured.

Cud be Desmodium laxiflorum DC.

I too think this can be Desmodium laxiflorum !!

I think more closer to images at Desmodium multiflorum DC.


MS Nov.2014/008 Desmodium sp. for ID : 6 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (1)
Location : Lengpui, Mizoram

Date :12-11-2014
Habit : Erect herb or undershrub
Habitat : Wild

Desmodium – species in eFIoraofindia (with details/ keys from published papers/ regional floras/ FRLHT/ FOI/ efloras/ books etc., where ever available)

The species dose not look like Desmodium. It is Uraria lagopus DC var neglecta ( Prain) Ohashi.
Pl upload pods if available

Extremely sorry !! Pods are not available sir

It is Desmodium multiflorum


Fwd: desmodium-multifl… – Dear Mr. Garg, I guess some of the p… : 4 posts by 2 authors.
I guess some of the posts do not belong to this ID.

Thanks, …, Can you point out the threads?


Desmodium multiflorum in FOI : 5 posts by 2 authors.
To me Desmodium multiflorum in FOI looks different from images at Desmodium multiflorum in efi site.
Images in FOI may be of Desmodium elegans or some other species.

Thank you … for putting up the matter.

May I request you to pl. look into this.

It is still to be corrected.

Thanks for the reminder … Corrected now: FOI

SK 2161 29 August 2019 : 5 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (8)
Location: Nagarkot,, Kathmandu
Date: 03 August  2019
Elevation: 1888 m.
Habit : Wild 
Desmodium ??

Pl. check comparative images at /species/a—l/f/fabaceae/desmodium

I think close to Desmodium multiflorum DC. as per comparative images at Desmodium

I shall check.

Desmodium multiflorum DC. ??
Confusion about leaf size !
Desmodium multiflorum

What is the confusion about leaf size?

Leaf size looks smaller? I did not take the measurement!

This appears to be Ok for Desmodium multiflorum DC.

Fabaceae (Faboideae) Fortnight: Desmodium sp. – 2 from Meghalaya 15 OCT15 : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (3)
Attached images are Desmodium sp. – 2 from Meghalaya. Please ID the plant

I can suggest Desmodium concinnum ..

efi page on Desmodium concinnum 

I think more closer to the images at Desmodium multiflorum DC.

SK 2205 05 October 2019 : 7 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2)- 3 mb each.
Location: Pharping, Kathmandu, Nepal
Altitude: 1833m.
Date: 02 September 2019
Habit : Wild
Desmodium multiflorum DC. ??
Why only POWO has separate name but not others?

Attachments (4) – around 1 mb or more.

May be due to recent publication as below (pdf available at link):
Ototropis, a Genus Separated from Desmodium (Leguminosae) – Hiroyoshi Ohashia and Kazuaki Ohashib- J. Jpn. Bot. 87: 108–118 (2012) (Abstract- Desmodium subgenus Dollinera is recognized as the genus Ototropis Nees. A new infrageneric system of the genus, a new section Hayataea, and new combinations for 2 sections, 2 series, 13 species, 1 subspecies, 3 varieties, and 1 form are proposed. Keys to the sections, series, and species of Ototropis, to the infraspecific taxa of O. elegans, and to those of O. megaphylla are presented. Dollinera Endl. is regarded as a superfluous name, for Ototropis, whereas Desmodium sect. Dollinera Benth. is validly published as a new name. Two species of Desmodium, D. garhwalensis Dangwal & Gaur and D. likabalium Bennet & Chandra, are newly included in Ototropis as synonyms)

Thank you …!  Only curious because no other sites mentioned that name except for POWO.

By the way ID is correct ??

Yes. Appears so

SK 2757 17 September 2020 : 10 posts by 2 authors. 8 images- 5 to 7 mb each.
Location: Khadka Gaun, Kathmandu,  Nepal  
Date: 10 September 2020
Elevation: 1500m.
Habit : Wild
Desmodium heterocarpon (L.) DC.??
We have not looked at  two more var. sp. so far, namely:
Desmodium heterocarpon var. heterocarpon and 
Desmodium heterocarpon var. strigosum Meeuwen.

This is Desmodium multiflorum DC. as per comparative images at Desmodium


Tateishia concinna (DC.) H.Ohashi & K.Ohashi: 8 very high res. images.

Location: Dailekh, West Nepal
Altitude:  736 m.
Date: 13 August 2021
Habit : Wild 
Syn : Desmodium concinnum DC.

I think more closer to images at Desmodium multiflorum rather than those at Desmodium concinnum

Ototropis multiflora (DC.) H.Ohashi & K.Ohashi


Ototropis multiflora (DC.) H.Ohashi & K.Ohashi: 5 very high res. images.

Location: Salyan, West Nepal
Altitude: 1767m.
Date: 29 August 2021 

Habit : Wild



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