Desmodium confertum DC., Ann. Sci. Nat. (Paris) 4:101. 1825 Jan (Prodr. 2:335. 1825 Nov) (Syn: Desmodium dioicum (D.Don) DC.; Hedysarum dioicum D.Don; Meibomia conferta (DC.) Kuntze);
Bhutan(N), India(N): Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Meghalaya, Sikkim, West Bengal, Nepal(N) as per ILDIS;

kindly identify this desmodium species found in pasighat, east sing district, arunachal pradesh.
it does not look like desmodium gangeticum as the leaves and stems are rough and bit hairy.

Looks more like Flemingia stricta Roxb. ex. W.T. Aiton to me. Please check here: science.mnhn

This is young branch of Desmodium conferatum DC

Thank you very much sir

Fab fortnight – UP7 : 4 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2)
Is it Desmodium? which? This shrub was seen near Haflang.

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

This is D conferatum

SK1561 12 Nov 2018 : 10 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (10)- around 700 kb each.
Location:  Dahachowk, Switzerland Park, Kathmandu,,Nepal 
Date: 29 September 2018
Elevation: 5600 ft.
Habit : Wild
Which Fabaceae ??  Desmodium ?

Is it not the same as Desmodium elegans as in your other posts? 

Yes …, looks different. Tried but could not decide.

As it is in a park, why not cultivated?
It certainly appears different from what we have so far at Desmodium, as per comparative images.

Any chances of Uraria ?

It is not in the park. It was in a wild.

OK, …

Thanks, … Does not match with any species so far in efi at–-l/f/fabaceae/uraria

Looks like matching with Desmodium confertum DC. I guess we need to verify with 

May be … can confirm or otherwise.

May be as per high resolution gbif specimens’ at

Image from Stainton’s supplement book looks like matching.
Could you please check ?

SK1679 29 Dec 2018 : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (7) – around 750 kb each.
Location: Dolalghat, Kabhrepalanchowk
Date: 26 December  2018
Elevation: 646 m.
Habit : Wild
Desmodium heterocarpon (L.) DC.??

It was totally covered with dust so it is difficult.
Could someone help for ID ?

Not sure for sp.

Closest I can go is Desmodium heterocarpon (L.) DC. only as per comparative images at Desmodium

My confusions are stems are hardy and leaves are 5/6 cm (Approx. I did not measure) and does not look like any one I have snapped so far and images in efi.

Looks close but legumes are to much hairy in my case. Also no idea about the size of legume and number of joints.


Desmodium elegans : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (7)
Sharing some pictures of Desmodium elegans shot at Nagarkot Nepal on 13 August 2016 at 7000 ft.

Wonderful images!!!

I think this is more closer to images at Desmodium confertum DC. rather than those at Desmodium elegans DC.

You may be right … Ototropis conferta (DC.) H.Ohashi & K.Ohashi

Kailash-Mansarovar Yatra::Wild Flower of ID NSJ-OCT 16/02 : 7 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (3)
Wild flower for ID. Photo taken on Aug 12 near Sirkha. Height around 7500 feet.

Quite likely Desmodium elegans

Please check for Desmodium sp. Closer to D.elegans which is common at this elevation.

I did take a quick look at this first-time round but wished to see if anyone would recognise it and save me a lot of effort.  I conclude that it seems to be Desmodium elegans syn D.tiliaefolium).
I presumed at a glance this was a Desmodium but then it gets difficult (bear in mind there are genera which look similar to Desmodium – though mostly at lower elevations only. My familiarity with plants drops away rapidly at lower elevations knowing minimal amount about sub-tropical flora and even less with tropical flora. I do not have a check-list to refer to covering the route you took.
The ‘Enumeration of the Flowering Plants of Nepal’ Vol II (1979) has 14 species of Desmodium for Nepal incl. several species with varieties. In 1973 Ohashi had published a revision of the Asiatic species of Desmodium and its allied genera.
Stewart lists 10 species for Pakistan & Kashmir.
Collet has 10 species in ‘Flora Simlensis’. He has a key which eliminates the low-level D.gangeticum with simple leaves. Then the flowers being 0.13cm long cf. 0.6 cm or less. The images suggested larger flowers which brings us to only 3 species: D.floribundum, D.tiliaefolium and D.gryans.
On the basis of the size of lateral leaflets, D.floribundum or D.tiliaefolium seem the most likely. There is a line drawing of D.floribundum, which the images are similar to. They are then distinguished by pod characteristics which we cannot see. Both these species were recorded as common in Shimla. D.tiliaefolium has usually pink flowers whereas D.floribundum usually pink-purpleFrom this (though the species it is may not grow in the area covered by ‘Flora Simlensis’) Desmodium tiliaefolium is the strongest candidate.
Some can be eliminated on the basis of only ever having been found at lower elevations- which gives about 7 species to consider, which helps.  Of those 7500′ is very much the upper limit of their altitudinal ranges.
There is a key to the Nepalese species of this genus in this publication, which I shall attempt to use.
I always say that keys must be used with extreme caution- they are so difficult to prepare (except in some cases when differences are clear-cut).  Never totally rely on a key.  Make sure you check which species you have “keyed out” actually makes sense from other characteristics, altitude, habitat, distribution etc.
I have never examined Desmodiums closely before. In the early stages of the key, related genera (all from lower altitudes) are eliminated, then one is required to examine the fruits (which we cannot from the specimen photographed) to eliminate Codariocalyx (altitude-wise this genus is a possibility) but a quick look at images of their flowers removes them from consideration.
In this flora, D.tiliaefolium is given as a synonym of D.elegans with a distribution of 1200-3000m which fits well. Whereas D.floribundum is given as a synonym of D.multiflorum.
Unfortunately, without good quality pressed specimens, where details of the flowers (or pods) could be examined closely, it is impossible to continue with the key….  as is so often the case with photos, not sufficient detail is shown.
However, ‘Flowers of Himalaya’ list 2 of c. 18 species (mostly sub-tropical): D.elegans and D.multiflorumThere is a photo of D.elegans found from Afghanisatn to SW China @ 1200-3000m in forests, shrubberies & open slopes. This and other images I have seen suggest the photos taken near Sirka fit this. There is a photo of D.multiflorum in the Supplement to Flowers of the Himalaya showing its smaller, lilac flowers – different to the colour described by Collet.

I think this is more closer to images at Desmodium confertum DC. rather than those at Desmodium elegans DC.

SK1499 11 Oct 2018 : 7 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (6) – around 500 kb each.
Location:  Nagarkot
Date: 21 August 2018
Elevation:6800 ft.
Habit : Wild 
Desmodium elegans DC.  ??

Is Id correct ?

Looks different at first glance at

Closest I can go as per comparative images at Desmodium is only Desmodium elegans DC. 

Ototropis multiflora (DC.) H.Ohashi & K.Ohashi ??
Syn : Desmodium multiflorum DC.

Looks different from images at

ID validation requested from members!

Closest I can go as per comparative images at Desmodium is only Desmodium elegans DC.

I think this is more closer to images at Desmodium confertum DC. rather than those at Desmodium elegans DC.

Actually, this is the same plant almost at the same location of earlier post. So, you are right ….! Ototropis conferta (DC.) H.Ohashi & K.Ohashi

I am posting two observations….. would welcome your views.. Location Kalatope, Chamba
Altitude 2100 mts
Habit shrub
Habitat wild
Plant height 3 feet

Desmodium sp.

…, what is the confusion, and why in the subject line?

Yes Sir agree

Sir, at the first sight I had thought that these two are same plants.. but it seems to my untrained eyes that the leaves, flower colour and inflorescence are different… Hence my confusion, because I have not as yet learned to recognise or even identify the features of various families……

I think Desmodium Elegans.. sir

May be yes

A goof up from my side…. The photographs posted in the original WERE DIFFERENT PLANT…. but I had tried (at that time) to look for the plant again to verify and I realise that I ended up measuring a different plant whose flowers looked similar to the flower in the original observation posted in the forum… Here I send the two comparative photographs of the two plants…. where… ‘Desmodium first observation.jpg’ are the images posted with the observation ‘al130911’ originally … and… Desmodium2.jpg are the images posted by me mistakenly today… but measured and thought to be Desmodium elegans. But there was a third time I had photographed a similar flower and the leaves appear to me different too… posting that as Desmodium3… NOW I AM CONFUSED…!!

And now …, I am confused. It would be better if you relate fruits, leaves and flowers exactly from the concerned plants and post them separately. The leaves are different in two and are there for most of the year. It would be ideal to keep them as index and look for flowers and fruits accordingly

Yes, appears close as per images at Desmodium elegans DC.

Ototropis elegans (DC.) H.Ohashi & K.Ohashi !

I think this is more closer to images at Desmodium confertum DC. rather than those at Desmodium elegans DC. 

VOF Week: Desmodium sp?? —- near Joshimath:  Looks like some Desmodium sp. (Family: Fabaceae).
Location: Near Joshimath
Date/Time: 06-08-2012 / 12:10PM
Could this be Desmodium podocarpum??

I hope Desmodium concinnumthe large bracted pendullous tipp is distinctive although flower colour raises some doubt.

Yes, should be Desmodium concinnum only…

Desmodium multiflorum

Does not matches with other images at Desmodium multiflorum DC.

Yes, matches with images at Desmodium concinnum DC.

Looks different from other images at Desmodium concinnum DC. 

I think closer to images and details at Desmodium elegans DC.

Desmodium elegans ??

Yes, I agree with you.

I think this is more closer to images at Desmodium confertum DC. rather than those at Desmodium elegans DC. 


Ototropis elegans (DC.) H.Ohashi & K.Ohashi: 5 very high res. images.
Location: Dailekh, West Nepal
Altitude: 2200m.
Date: 12 August 2021
Habit : Wild

I think this is more closer to images at Desmodium confertum DC. rather than those at Desmodium elegans DC.


Ototropis conferta (DC.) H.Ohashi & K.Ohashi: 2 very high res. images.

Location: Kalikot, West Nepal
Altitude: 1695m.
Date: 14 August 2021 

Habit : Wild 


References: The Plant List Ver.1.1 ILDIS  GRIN  Flickr  Annotated checklist of Flowering plants of Nepal

CRC World Dictionary of Medicinal and Poisonous Plants: Common Names … By Umberto Quattrocchi (Details- 2012) Forest Plants of Eastern India By Amal Bhusan Chaudhuri (1993)