Kallstroemia pubescens (G.Don) Dandy, Kew Bull. 10: 138 1955. (Syn: Kallstroemia caribaea Rydb.; Kallstroemia glabrata Rydb.; Kallstroemia longipes Rydb.; Kallstroemia minor Hook. f.; Tribulus caribaea Rydb.; Tribulus glabrata Rydb.; Tribulus longipes Rydb.; Tribulus maximus var. minor (Hook. f.) Oliv.; Tribulus pubescens G.Don);
USA (Florida), Costa Rica, Peru, Nicaragua, Venezuela, Colombia (Antioquia, Atlntico, Bolvar, Boyac, Crdoba, Cundinamarca, Huila, Magdalena, Sucre, Valle), Ecuador, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Virgin Isl. (Guana, St. Croix, St. John, St. Thomas, Tortola), Lesser Antilles (Antigua, Barbados, Barbuda, Grenada, Grenadines, Guadeloupe, Montserrat, Saba, St. Barthelemy, St. Eustatius, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, St. Vincent), Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, Tobago, Mexico (Campeche, Yucatan, Chiapas, Guerrero, Jalisco, Nayarit, Oaxaca, San Luis Potosi, Sinaloa), Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, India (I), trop. Africa (I), Burkina Faso (I), Benin (I), Guinea (I) as per CoL;
Mexico to Tropical America: Aruba, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Leeward Is., Mexico Gulf, Mexico Northeast, Mexico Northwest, Mexico Southeast, Mexico Southwest, Netherlands Antilles, Panamá, Peru, Puerto Rico, Trinidad-Tobago, Venezuela, Venezuelan Antilles, Windward Is.; Introduced into: Bangladesh, Benin, Florida, Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Nigeria as per POWO;
Common name: Caribbean Caltrop


Hooghly Today : nightcap ! : Attachments (12 + 2 + 3).  11 posts by 5 authors.
Searched a lot, but :((
A prostrate-erect herb found beside railway tracks.
Tribulus terrestris L. ???
somewhat similar –
But, in India ??? some other ???

A beautiful find.. hope to get id soon, to me this does not look like Tribulus terrestris… hope, if you can find the fruits..

This seems to me Kallstroemia pubescens (G.Don) Dandy.
Last year Datla Sir (Dr. D. C. S. Raju) asked me (for my use) to find a copy of “Flora of Howrah District” by S. S. R. Bennet. I tried hard to find a copy in bookstores + online stores, but failed.
This plant has been reported in the above book –

It is Kallstroemia pubescens (G.Don) Dandy (Zygophyllaceae)!
This annual procumbent herb is found in Maharashtra, Bihar and West Bengal.

Thank you very much Sir for confirming the ID.

Nice pictures and new plant to me too…..
But, … the last picture is of some Calotus sp….

It’s very nice to hear you after a long time. I miss you.
And, surely it is Calotes versicolor, male in breeding season.
Thank you very much.

This is the fruit of this species (http://www.saintlucianplants.kallpube.html)

very nice and almost complete with green immature fruits
Now I want to see the mature fruits!!!
and seeds////

The Book that you mention is a 1979 publication, I am a little confused as to its unavailability… It was this Mr Bennet’s PhD thesis (1970) at Calcutta University.. the book is a revised thesis….

I’ll try and see if Presidency college (now Univ) will have a copy perhaps.. and may be it can be read by borrowing??
(wORLD cATALOGUE FINDS THEM IN TWO iNDIAN uNIVSITIES ((1 1 Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University CCSHAU Hisar, 125004 India

2 G B Pant University of Agriculture and Technology GBPUAT Uttarakhand, 263 145 India ))
I wonder if any body can borrow the book to read from them???? May be … would know???

New York Botanical garden has one, but since its too new I am sure it will not be digitized yet its not been digitized ..copyright is still active.

I just found its publisher: Show trimmed content

It is growing beside railtracks, not sure if i can get ripe pods, Dekha Jak.
The book can be obtained from – http://www.saujanyabooks.com/details.aspx?id=15951
But do not know if the website is reliable enough

Yes … the publisher lists it as price 1500 INR, and this Suajanya books wants 1700+… big difference
plus the publisher is talking about some discount for me ! bojo tthela!!!
the publisher told me they have sold lots of copies to all kinds of colleges, universities and libraries in india … so they think we should be able to find one library that can let us borrow the book and look up our queries…
he said he knows individuals can not buy such steep price book for asmall regfional botany book…
so the suajanya is not a viable option….
did you already buy it from sujanya site?

Rarely i go for online shopping! Besides, i do not know that website. I won’t book a copy there.

update on 30/07/2013

Thanks … for this update.. this completes the upload..

I appreciate the mature seed pod pictures
Your tenacity in tracking even the weeds is wonderful.
Bhalo theko

We have a copy of the Flora of Howrah District by Bennet, in our library. May be consulted if required in future.
Thanks for completing the morphology of this less known species. Great efforts.

Thank you very much … Till now I have seen them in three places, all along rail-tracks, in Hooghly. Indian Railway surely helps propagate plants! These days I have been noticing dense vegetation of Euphorbia heterophylla along the tracks.


Identification of Plant specimen : (Mixed thread): 4 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (3)
Please confirm whether the attached specimen is Kallstroemia pubescens or not.
Recorded at Puzhal, Chennai, Tamilnadu on 15-06-2015
It looks like Tribulus terrestris. Number of leaf lets are 4 pairs. All the parts are much bigger than T. terrestris.

ID seems correct!
Also check in the link