Trifidacanthus unifoliolatus Merr., Philipp. J. Sci., C 12: 269 (1917) (syn: Desmodium horridum Steenis; Desmodium unifoliolatum (Merr.) Steenis);
Hainan to Vietnam, Philippines, Lesser Sunda Islands as per POWO;

Requesting to please ID this plant captured in Mumbai in July 2013.
This is used extensively in bonsai.
A similar plant has been posted by …, posting additional pictures of the plant and fruit/pod.

Yes …  We seem to be identifying the same plant.
Recently seen at the Flower Show in Jijamata Udyan/Rani Bagh.
In a Bonsai brochure, the name given was Blue Braya.
Eager to know the real Botanical name.

Eager to know its Botanical name. At the recent BBC Show at MNP, I saw Yellow Braya bonsai as well.

Trifidacanthus unifoliolatus Merr. ??

I think looks different from Trifidacanthus unifoliolatus as per following images:

because of spines it may be Desmodium acanthocladum

I do not think Desmodium acanthocladum since it is trifoliate leaf !

thank you, it is an exotic species

This is Trifidacanthus unifoliolatus Merr. only as earlier identified by …, as per details at Trifidacanthus unifoliolatus



Ornamental For ID : BBC Show,MNP,Mumbai : 150613 : AK-1 : Attachments (2).  4 posts by 3 authors.
Saw this ornamental Bonsai at the BBC Show in MNP, Mumbai on 29/3/13.
Tiny purple flowers.
Sorry for the bad pictures due to low light as the Bonsai were kept inside a hall.

I think it belongs to the Braya species but I may be completely wrong….

Thanks for a possible id.
Hope our experts get it identified.

This is Blue Braya as you had correctly suggested earlier.
I saw a picture in one of the Bonsai brochures today.
But can’t find any pictures or the botanical name on Searching.

Yes …, I have the plant in my balcony garden now, I too am searching for its scientific name…..

Adding pictures of Yellow Braya seen recently at the BBC Show in MNP, Mumbai last month.
Eager to know the botanical name.

This Bonsai plant still remains a mystery.
On a closer look, I could find green pods.
Another similar with yellow flowers.
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Can the plant posted in the original post here (the one with blue/purple flowers) be a species of Hovea?

To me it looks like a legume, Papilionoideae, not Braya which won’t have such big petals. plus standard and keel can be seen, plus persistent calyx.

This is Fabaceae but not seen before!

Clearly not Braya, rather a member of Fabaceae as mentioned by me and …, hope to get ID

I think finally it is polygala dalmaisiana, Sweet Pea Bush a member of Polygalaceae

The flowers in my pictures are much different than the ones suggested by you.

Came across this image after searching for Fabaceae with purple flowers used in Bonsai.- Facebook

Desmodium unifoliatum?

you may be right after seeing this page and pods in your photos
Cây Linh sam – Green Sculpture

I think we finally got it right. It took 8 years to correctly identify this plant.
It was bothering me for so long.
Thanks for all the help and resurfacing it.

Requesting to please ID this plant from my pot garden in Mumbai in July 2013.

Can this be Trifidacanthus unifoliolatus?
My plant is the same.