Fabaceae-Faboideae (Papilionaceae) Week : ID plz_RKC_02_111111:
Loc.: Middle Andaman, India
Date: 18th Dec. 2009

Alysicarpus for sure

Please check for Alysicarpus monilifer

For me this looks like Alysicarpus monilifer as identified by …

To me it appears closer to images of Alysicarpus scariosus (Spreng.) Thwaites
Pl. confirm or otherwise pl.

Alysicarpus vaginalis


Herb ID request – RK18 – 15-Oct-2012:
This herb with small but gorgeous flowers growing wild clicked in Bombay.
Not very tall herb, approx. 1 – 2 feet.

THis is a species of Alysicarpus possibly A. vaginalis.

Yes it is A. vaginalis, i agree with … common in lawns and wild places.


Desmodium sp. (?) from Assam : 5 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (8).

Attached images may be Desmodium sp.. Please ID the plant
Date :02.06.2014
Location: Assam
Family : Fabaceae
Genus & species : Desmodium sp. (?)
Habitat: Grows wild on open space
Habit : Herbs    

It is better placed in Alysicarpus genus. Probably A.vaginalis

I hope it is Alysicarpus

The image belongs to Alysicarpus vaginalis beyond any doubt.

This is Alysicarpus vaginalis

ARJUL19 Fabaceae herb for ID : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (2).

Flowers and plant very small.
Leaves are alternate and have fine hair.
July 13th

Some Alysicarpus sp.

It is Alysicarpus vaginalis L.

ANSEPT54 Please confirm if Alysicarpus longifolius :  9 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (5).

Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple Hill
20th September 2014

Alysicarpus hamosus ?

efi page on Alysicarpus hamosus & Alysicarpus longifolius

no it does not look like A. longifolius nor A. homasus
check for A. roxburghiana..

It looks Alysicarpus bupleurifolius (L.)DC. the leaf is variable in this species, standard yellow, fruit slightly moniliform, 2-3 jointed. (Ref.Gamble)

Further, it is not A. procumbens= A. hamosus because this specis have broader leaves and laterally compressed fruits when dried it give rough tubercled appearance.

There is one species called A. heterophyllus (Syn. A. vaginalis var. heterophyllus which has both rounded, elliptic and very long lanceolate leaves. Thus fruits and bracts are very important characters for identification.

It is Alysicarpus vaginalis (L.) DC. (Syn. Hedysarum vaginalis L. = Hedysarum cylindricum Lam. = Alysicarpus cylindricus (Lam.) Desv.)

Thank you for confirming as Alysicarpus vaginalis sir.

this belong to Alysicarpus vaginalis,


Please identify this Alysicarpus sp. : 9 posts by 5 authors. Attachments (3)
Photographed at Shahapur. Is this A.heyneanus or A.vaginalis?

for identification of Alysicarpus species following things plays a very important role
calyx length during fruiting
fruit shape (wheather monoliform or smooth)
fruit surface (rugos/ reticulate/ smooth)
it would be very difficult to guess the species without referring the above characters.

This is Alysicarpus vaginalis, but it is interesting. let me know the exact locality of this.

Identification of Alysicarpus sp. : 9 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (1)
Pl. help me in identification of the attached specimen.
Completely a ground cover. Observed on the bank of tank.
Whether it could be Alysicarpus heterophyllus ?
Place: Puzhal, Chennai
Date: 26-01-15

Alysicarpus hamosus

In A.hamosus the leaves will be almost round, pods will be hairy. But in the post the leaves are ovate and the pods are flat and glabrous

It seems to be Alysicarpus vaginalis??

It looks like Alysicarpus vaginalis

i think this must be A vaginalis

Alysicarpus vaginalis

This is Alysicarpus vaginalis var. vaginalis


Fabaceae (Faboideae) Fortnight: Alysicarpus vaginalis (L.) DC from Assam KD 02 OCT15 : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (5)
Attached images are Alysicarpus vaginalis (L.) DC from Assam.

“Fabaceae (Faboideae) Fortnight :: for ID from Talegaon Dabhade Pune —MROCT02″ : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2)
Oct 2015
Talegaon Dabhade Pune
Requesting to Id this wild herb. flowers appear to have closed

This is Alysicarpus vaginalis

Fabaceae (Faboideae) Fortnight :: Alysicarpus sp.?:: Panipat :: NS OCT 08/08 : 4 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (3)
This herb with long leaves was recorded from Panipat and requires specific id, if possible…!!

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

Alysicarpus vaginalis var. vaginalis
This is variants under this species, leaves diamorphic, prostrate sometime erect habit.

is it possible to send the specimens of this collection.

Alysicarpus ¿ species ?
Hope the lax raceme helps in getting to the species of Alysicarpus.
at Vaghbil, Thane on September 20, 2008

This should be Alysicarpus vaginalis (L.) DC., because of ascending habit sometimes considered as variety as Alysicarpus vaginalis var. vaginalis. Which is different from other var. with diffused habit Alysicarpus vaginalis var. nummularifolius (DC.) Miq….

Alysicarpus ¿ longifolius ?
I hope this is longifolius … long elliptic leaves. Please validate.
at Gaimukh, Thane on August 23, 2008

pl. check for A. heterophyllus (A.vaginalis var. heterophyllus)

efi page on Alysicarpus heterophyllus 

In A. longifolius inflorescence a dense spicate raceme, 15-30cm long; in images inflorescence is lax. In A. heterophyllus leaves are always uni-tri foliate as name predicts heterophyllus. Therefore, chances of A. vaginalis are high; leaves simple, elliptic lanceolate, oblong or linear oblong, cordate at base, 0.5-8.0 x 0.5-3.0cm, Raceme 5.0-8.0cm long.
The major difference in A. vaginalis and A. longifolius are pod symmetry and constrictions in between.

This is Alysicarpus vaginalis var. vaginalis.
A. longifilius has terminal racemes up 30 cm with shiny primary bracts


Alysicarpus ¿ species ?
The question in my mind: does this colour combination give any idea of the species ?
at Tungareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary on September 24, 2011

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

Alysicarpus vaginalis
inflorescence compact raceme. it shows dicolor flower.



ID for plant 6 : 10 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (2)
Is it some Alysicarpus species?

Yes it is Alysicarpus. It may be A. vaginalis if it is prostate species.

if u r talking about Alysicarpus bupleurifolius then it is very different from the plant in the photo…..
it is neither Alysicarpus vaginalis….
let us wait for further comments

…one more photo with leaves for further assistance. Attachments (1)

Some leaves would have been of some help in Identification

Alysicarpus tetragonolobus Edgew. ?

this is A vaginalis. Alysicarpus tetragonolobus has elongate inflorescence

Alysicarpus ¿ species ?
Not sure whether these photos help in getting to the species. Are there too many possible species in this case ?
at Kolhapur on October 15, 2011

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

Can it be Alysicarpus tetragonolobus Edgew. ?

A vaginalis

Images by Prashant Awale (Inserted by J.M.Garg)


Fabaceae (Faboideae)Fortnight::Fabaceae sp for ID::Tarkali ::PKA-OCT-69:: : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (4)
I had seen this Fabaceae sp. at Tarkarli Beach. Requesting ID..

Looks like an Indigofera species.

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

Appears close to images at Alysicarpus vaginalis (L.) DC.

Alysicarpus vaginalis


ID KANNUR 33 – 3 : 3 posts by 1 author. Attachments (1)
Please identify this creeper from Kannur District of Kerala. It may be Alyicarpus for me…..

Alysicarpus monilifer (L.) DC.
Please check this link: 

Thanks, … To me it looks a bit different from Alysicarpus monilifer as per images herein ?
To me appears more closer to images at Alysicarpus vaginalis.

Probably A.vaginalis if pod is jointed, falcate and soft.
A.moniliform if Pods moniliform with hooked hairs.

attaching images of  Desmodium bentamii ? from Nashik  for confirmation,
please confirm

I do not think matches with images of this species at
Also does not match any Desmodium species at efi site as comparative images at /species/a—l/f/fabaceae/desmodium

Looks like an Alysicarpus

Alysicarpus vaginalis
Prostrate, leaves ovate,  to obovate, internode longer than leaves,  inflorescence axillary raceme, condensed, pod falcate.

A small prostrate herb flowers in clustered terminal raceme.
The leaves dark green with long petiole.

This is a species of Alysicarpus possibly A.longifolius. Will send my photographs of this later.

It seems to me, Alysicarpus tetragonolobus Edgew. (Lal Shevra in Marathi)

I have found similar looking herb here, will post in a different post.

Thanks for the ID
This was posted long back. I haven’t found it again

Agree with … it looks like it belongs to A. longifolius.

Alysicarpus vaginalis



134-TSP-ID-26JAN2018-1 for ID assistance : 4 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (3)

Kindly examine and identify this plant  

Habit: Shrub 

Habitat: Wild, Wasteland by a road side. 

Sighting: Tumkur, Karnataka, about 800 msl. 

Date: 30-07-2018.

A Fabaceae member.

Alysicarpus vaginalis

Wildflower 04 : 5 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2)
For ID.
Date: 19/09/18
Location : Jawalagiri (near Hosur – Tamilnadu)
Altitude   : 997 ASL
Habitat.   : wild

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

A vaginallis L. Prostrate, pods in pair falcate, glabrous


Alysicarpus spp. (Fabaceae) : I’d confirm pls : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2) – 2 mb and 3 mb.
Location : Porbandar, Gujarat
Date : 01-09-2018
Habit : Herb
Habitat : Wild

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

Alysicarpus vaginalis L.


Charkop, Mumbai :: Alysicarpus for ID :: ARK2019-56 : 7 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (6)
Requesting to please ID this plant. This was found on a wasteland near the Charkop mangroves in Mumbai in April 2019.
Is this Alysicarpus vaginalis?

Alysicarpus monilifer (L.) DC. ??

To me appears more closer to images at Alysicarpus vaginalis rather than those at Alysicarpus monilifer

Alysicarpus vaginalis


ID please: CR10102019_1 : 5 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (1) – 3 mb.
Please identify this small plant at my location in Pune.

Alysicarpus monilifer would be my guess 

yes, likely but can the leaves be so variable as on our page?

Thanks, …, for the initial id.
I feel more closer to Alysicarpus vaginalis (L.) DC. than Alysicarpus monilifer (L.) DC. as per comparative images at Alysicarpus

Alysicarpus vaginalis L.

Alysicarpus ¿ species ?
Not sure whether the aspects seen in two photos help in getting to species ID.
at Tungareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary on September 24, 2011

Does look like one, sir. but a point in the fabaceae key states that “Glumaceous calyx, twice the pedicel length or more” this is not true in the photograph….as against” Calyx not glumaceous, less than half of pedicel length” which seems to be true in this photograph will indicate that this is a Desmodium spp.
Pls correct if wrong, I am not a ‘Taxonomist’ and may have got things in the wrong sense 🙂

Looks like Alysicarpus longifolius.

Kindly check for Alysicarpus tetragonolobus Edgew….

Thank you very much … for the hint of Alysicarpus tetragonolobus.

Does not look like Alysicarpus tetragonolobus as per image herein.

Alysicarpus vaginalis (L.) A.DC. ??

Thanks very much … for the possible ID of Alysicarpus vaginalis (L.) A.DC.
I am convinced with the ID; hopefully someone validates the ID.


For ID 020809 VR : 6 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (3)
Please help in plant ID.

… , most probably some species of Alysicarpus. … please check Alysicarpus vaginalis var. stocksii.
And of course, please wait for validation

Yes … it is Alysicarpus species. for A. vaginalis the pedicel should be very hairy. also there are numerous species of Alysicarpus and very difficult to identify by looking at flower. for identification the stipules and the calyx of fruit and fruits itself are very important.
only an Alysicarpus expert can surely say about the species.

I agree; thank you very much, …

Alysicarpus heterophyllus (Baker) Jafri & Ali ?

I guess  Alysicarpus heterophyllus (Baker) Jafri & Ali is correct ID but I have doubts about Alysicarpus heterophyllus which looks like Desmodium sp.

Check with A.monilifer sir

I think close to images at Alysicarpus vaginalis (L.) DC.

Alysicarpus species..

Pl. check at /species/a—l/f/fabaceae/alysicarpus

Alysicarpus vaginalis


Wild Herb for ID : Borgad Conservation Reserve : Nasik : 20SEP21 : AK – 026: 2 images.
Wild herb seen couple of days ago (20.9.21) at the base of Borgad.
Could be Alysicarpus Species?

Please check Codariocalyx motorius!

Images on searching are looking a bit different.
I may be wrong.

Can it be Alysicarpus rugosus (Willd.) DC. ?
Looks different from Codariocalyx motorius

Does it match ??- efi thread one and two

A vaginalis


Wild Herb for ID : Nasik : 29SEP21 : AK – 053: 3 images.
Wild herb seen at the Gangapur Grasslands.

Alysicarpus monillifer

Alysicarpus vaginalis


Coastal Herb of Java 6 : Attachments (1).  5 posts by 3 authors.
We need your help for another id please, thank you.

The first image seems to be of Alysicarpus monilifer ……………………

Thanks, …, for the id.
I feel it is more likely to be Alysicarpus ovalifolius rather than Alysicarpus monilifer as per distribution and flowers.

I think this may be Alysicarpus vaginalis

Coastal Herbs of Java 1 :  Attachments (1- 2 MB).  2 posts by 2 authors.
A herb found on sand dune. Id is requested.


Alysicarpus vaginalis (L.) DC. ??

Hoping … is correct,

Thanks, …, for the id.
I feel it is more likely to be Alysicarpus ovalifolius rather than Alysicarpus vaginalis as per distribution and flowers.

I think this may be Alysicarpus vaginalis, as earlier suggested by …


Goa, August 2021 :: Alysicarpus vaginalis for validation :: ARK2021-134: 3 images.

This was clicked near Varca, South Goa in August 2021.
Guessing them to be Alysicarpus vaginalis.
Requested to please validate.

Yes !



Flower for Id – ID01012022SH1: 1 high res. image.

Flower for Id pl.
Location – Vasai (Maharashtra)
Date – November 2021

Alysicarpus vaginalis (L.) DC.

Any other images, …?

Sorry … I have only one picture.

May be Alysicarpus vaginalis (L.) DC. as per images herein as suggested by …


ID: tiny red prostrate legume: 2 images.
Goa; Laterite

Alysicarpus vaginalis (L.) DC. ??

To me it also appears close to images at Alysicarpus vaginalis (L.) DC.

Ok, thanks.


Fabaceae: Alysicarpus vaginalis (L.) A.DC.: 1 image.
location/date (both): Tropical Forest Research Institute, Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh, October 1994