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Re190911-MS -46-ID needed: I am attaching the photographs of a tree (Leguminosae). Place : On a road in J P Nagar, Mysore. Date of photographs: December 12, 2008


… species of Millettia ? Not sure at all, just a guess.


This is Milletia peguensis or what we call the ‘Burma honge’ in Bangalore nurseries because it resembles our Honge tree (Pongamia pinnata).
Its an avenue tree in Bangalore but not very common as they have been planted in different places here and there.
I have seen them in Basaveshwaranagar, Rajajinagar etc.

Fls are very bright magenta in colour but resemble ‘Honge‘ flowers and fruits contain 3 to 4 seeds and are very different from P.pinnata.


Can it this one? Somebody suggested it can be Lonchocarpus

183. Lonchocarpus sericeus, (Poir.) Kunth ex DC. — Pink Lilac Tree


As suggested by … this could be a species of Lonchocarpus (L.sericeus). I will check the characters again . This is actually a very rare tree that I found in Mysore and try to take fresh photographs if the tree is in flowering


I am forwarding again the photographs of a tree (Leguminosae). Place: On a road in J P Nagar, Mysore. Date of photographs:December 12, 2008


It may be Millettia peguensis


Earlier also this was suggested to be M.peguensis by one of the experts. However, when I checked the leaves, I got some doubts. The leaves are quite different when compared to the photographs of M. peguensis posted by   …, today.


Can it this one? Somebody suggested it can be Lonchocarpus

183. Lonchocarpus sericeus, (Poir.) Kunth ex DC. — Pink Lilac Tree


As suggested by … this could be a species of Lonchocarpus (L.sericeus). I will check the characters again . This is actually a very rare tree that I found in Mysore and try to take fresh photographs if the tree is in flowering.


I think matches with Lonchocarpus sericeus Images as identified by … in another thread.


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I am attaching the photographs of a tree species. Place: On a road in Mysore city. Date of photograph: July, 2011


Whoever has access to ‘Manual of cultivated plants’ by Bailey may look into this exotic leguminous tree.


I think this is one of the Lonchocarpus species. Further more the photos sent under the link Fabaceae week-190911-MS -46-ID needed also look almost similar


I think matches with Lonchocarpus sericeus Images as identified by … in another thread.



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121011-MS – 54 – ID requested.:  Herewith enclosing the photographs of a tree belonging to Fabaceae. A medium sized tree in fruiting condition. Photos taken during August , 2011 in one of the roads in Mysore. ID confirmation requested.


Milletia ovalifolia


This is Lonchocarpus sericeus


Thank you so much, … agree with you,


Looks like a Millettia (African) or possibly a Lonchocarpus (tropical American) species.


I will keep looking if it matches anything.

There are so many trees in one street of defency colony, indiranagar, bangalore


Closest I came acroos was : Lonchocarpus punctatus
I am not sure about how the pod looks as.


Millettia peguensis ?


It looks like Lonchocarpus sericeus. Pls check the season of flg. It is usually during January – April and quite often the tree will be leafless but full of violet coloured fls. But the Fruit is not exactly tallying. I am searching for the photos I had taken. If I get it I will load it.


I have also uploaded one species of Lonchocarpus species , probably L. sericeus. These photographs have common features of leaf and flowers. Therefore, I presume this is also a species of Lonchocarpus.


Its started flowering now (June-July) in Bangalore.

There is street full of these trees in indiranagar, and many cross streets of indiranagar.


The flower looks it, but the fruits in your picture look more flatter.

I can break open one of them and compare the seeds


I think matches with Lonchocarpus sericeus Images as identified by …


Yes. It is Lonchocarpus sericeus (Poir.) DC. The ID by … is perfect.   I have also photographed this tree in Mysore and Id(ied) long back.  I do not know whether I posted the pictures.



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Kindly examine and identify this medium sized tree belonging to Fabaceae. Could this be a Robinia sp……?
Habit: Medium sized tree.
Habitat: Urban Planting
Sighting: Tumkur, Karnataka
Date: 25-06-2018 and 30-06-2018.

check Robina pseudoacacia or a black locust. seen often on the Atlantic sea board. what i dont see here are the thorns that i remember too well. do you have more pictures?

or possibility of visiting the tree again to  look for the thorns on trunk and lower branches. I hope you can, seems you are the conservator of that forest. wonderful.
Honey locust is different, see second or the third paragraph

Thanks …, There are quite a no of trees in the vicinity, obviously planted by the forest dept. I will revisit and look for the thorns as you suggested.


Please check Millettia pinnata.

Correction, please check Millettia. The seed pods are not the same as M. pinnata, sorry for my too quick typing.


Thanks for your response. Could be Millettia peguensis also. Keeping my fingers crossed.

visited the tree a day before as suggested by you. Couldn’t find spines or thorns. The bark is smooth. Uploading a few recent images.

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To me looks different from images at Millettia pinnata, Millettia peguensis and Robinia pseudoacacia
Appears close to images at Lonchocarpus sericeus (Introduced)

This is Lonchocarpus species. I think I have posted photographs from Mysore long back.


thank you … for revisiting. no thorns. definitely rules out the locust tree. what is it: i just don’t have time or mental energy now to do the. differential diagnosis myself, too much going on in my family. i will go with what is done said by … he knows his street trees in Mysore.


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MS/ID/FEB/2021/1 – ID of the tree
5 images.
Enclosing the photographs of ‘Senegal lilac tree‘ (Lonchocarpus sericeus) belonging to the family Fabaceae. Photographed in Mysore during July 2020


One more photograph enclosed.


Check with Millettia sir


We have both the species here. Milletia is different, though it looks closure to this species.


I agree with …


 


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References: The Plant List Ver.1.1 ILDIS  GBIF (with type specimen)  India Biodiversity Portal (observation)  Useful Tropical Plants  iNaturalist.org  Flora of Zimbabwe

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