Prostrate herbs, up to 40 cm long; branches loosely villous, slender. Leaves 3-foliolate; leaflets 1-2.2 x 0.5-1 cm, ovate-elliptic or obovate, base obtuse, apex rounded, hairy when young, glabrescent on ageing; petiole to 2 cm long; stipules 2-5 mm long, ovate-lanceolate, striate, ciliate on margins. Flowers in axillary 1-4-flowered racemes; pedicels 6-12 mm long. Calyx tube broad; lobes 2-2.5 mm long, triangular with subulate tip, loosely villous without. Corolla pink, 3-4 mm long. Ovary 1.5-2 mm long, hairy. Pods 1.5-2 x 0.4-0.5 cm, 4-5-jointed, compressed, dorsal suture continuous, ventral constricted.

Flowering and fruiting: July-December
Degraded moist deciduous forests, also in the plains
Indo-Malesia and China

Fwd: [efloraofindia:183405] please enable the ID GK2 : Attachments (1). 2 posts by 2 authors.
please enable the ID

Desmodium heterophyllum

It is not Alysicarpus, may be Desmodium heterophyllum (Willd.) DC.

ID of Fabaceae sp. from Assam : 4 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (6)
Attached images are Sp. of Fabaceae. Please ID the plant  
Date :13.10.2014
Location: Assam
Family :Fabaceae
Genus & species :
Habitat: Grows wild
Habit : Twiner 

This is Desmodium heterophyllum


Fabaceae (Faboideae) Fortnight: Desmodium heterophyllum (Willd.) DC. From Assam 16 OCT15 : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (3)
Attached images are Desmodium heterophyllum (Willd.) DC.

Date: 04/07/2007
Place: Assam
Habit: Small prostrate Climbing Herb

It may be Desmodium heterocarpon (L.) DC. subsp. heterocarpon

I think closer to the images at Desmodium heterophyllum (Willd.) DC.   

This is Desmodium heterophyllum



Fabaceae-Faboideae (Papilionaceae) Week : ID plz_RKC_01_121111:
ID plz..
Loc.: Middle Andaman, India
Date: 16th Dec, 2009

Something different and beautiful too….

Please check for for some Desmodium sp from local flora.

I think close to images at Desmodium heterophyllum (Willd.) DC.

correct, D.heterophyllum


Identification of weed plant : 18 posts by 6 authors. Attachments (4) – around 1100 kb each.
looks like Desmodium species

Desmodium heterophyllum

Desmodium heterophyllum

Desmodium triflorum ?

Thank you for your mail.  Similarity, but dissimilarities mainly the beauty. Please notice Heterophyllum’s main petal have violet lines from bottom to middle and white patches in bottom either side.  So I disagree.

I agree with you …, but within the species, many colour variations are there in mature stage since it open, I am thinking it’s just open flower pic, after mature or pollination will be petals fade, in this condition seems like have white patches and the time bullet nerves will highlight.
If still, you’re not compromising, let us know which one is correct when identified,

Thanks …, I was not aware of D. heterophyllum!!!
Though it looks quite similar to D. triflorum, the leaflets of D. heterophyllum seem elongated compared to almost roundish in case of D. triflorum.

…, key from Flora of China
Terminal leaflet broadly elliptic or broadly obovate; flowering pedicel 10-25 mm; articles of legume 3.5-4 mm. … 23 D. heterophyllum
+ Terminal leaflet obcordate, obtriangular, or obovate;  flowering pedicel 3-8 mm; articles of legume shorter than 2.5 mm … 24 D. triflorum 

Thank you very much …, for the key.
I was totally wrong with my expression !! The keys show the differences clearly.

hence based on the key it should be Desmodium heterophyllum; the flower colour is pink to white in D.triflorum and heterophyllum

Thank you, thank you very much for your advice.  See, I am a very beginner, I also favour to your future advise to me. And I noticed the said flower’s pollination process done within ten’o clock morning and as soon as the main petal closed. So I cannot see the flower after 11.00 as petal opened. I understand this after observation of some days. And I sure to inform after confirmation.

flower opening.
Attachments (1)

Name: Desmodium
Time:08.28 morning
The flower after pollination, (after bee meets).

Name: Desmodium
Time:08.40 morning
Flower opened, white patches already visible.
Attachments (2)

Name: Desmodium
Time:09.47 morning
Flower is fully opened, stigma disappeared, white patches remaining (it is quite natural), full violet and still beautiful.
Attachments (1)

Yes it Desmodium heterophyllum (Willd.) DC. (Syn: Desmodium triflorum var. majus Wight & Arn.)

Can you finalize the said weed plant is Desmodium heterophyllum? Please inform me

Yes, …, as per Desmodium heterophyllum

Thank you very much for identified my weed plant. I agreed it as Desmodium heterophylla.
Efloraofindia, it’s coordinators and members are working restless to identifying unknown plant specious. I feel this is a good platform to identify and discuss on various plants.

ID please : 5 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (2)
Please identify this creeper near the river in Kannur, Kerala

Without flowers and other details it is difficult to id this plant.

It looks like Oxalis barrelieri

It is, for sure, a Fabacean member.

Desmodium Sp.,

I do not think so.

Isn’t it Grona triflora

I think pods look different from images at Desmodium triflorum and Desmodium microphyllum

Desmodium heterophyllum
Now Grona heterophylla


Goa, August 2021 :: Desmodium heterophyllum :: ARK2021-124: 6 images.

Desmodium heterophyllum
This was clicked at near Varca, South  Goa in August 2021.
In FoI, it is called Grona heterophylla. What is the accepted name?

Yes ! Grona heterophylla (Willd.) H.Ohashi & K.Ohashi !


References: The Plant List Ver.1.1  ILDIS  Flora of China  Annotated checklist of Flowering plants of Nepal  India Biodiversity Portal  Tropical forages  FAO 

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