— Greek desmos (band or chain), refers to jointed seed pods
… Dave’s Botanary
fer-oo-GIN-ee-um or fer-oo-JIN-ee-um — rust-colored … Dave’s Botanary
commonly known asrusty desmodium 

Shrubs; branchlets silky pubescent. Leaves 3-foliolate; leaflets elliptic to obovate, 7-4 by 0.5-3 cm, base rounded, apex rounded, truncate, mucronulate, lower surface silky pubescent, lateral veins faint. Racemes terminal, c.7 cm long. Flowers congested; bracts subulate; corolla lilac; stamens 9+1. Pods c. 3 cm long; sparsely pubescent.

Flowering and fruiting: November-January
Grasslands and montane scrub jungles
Peninsular India and Sri Lanka
(Attributions- Dr. N Sasidharan (Dr. B P Pal Fellow), Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi

Fabaceae (Faboideae) Fortnight :: Desmodium ferrugineum :: Munnar :: DVOCT64 : 1 post by 1 author. 8 images.
Desmodium ferrugineum Thwaites
at Munnar on June 5, 2014

Flora of Munnar :: ¿ Alysicarpus ? for ID :: DV15JUL : 11 posts by 4 authors. 7 images.
Date: June 3 – 6, 2014 Elevation: around 1600m asl
¿ Alysicarpus ?

Dear friends, please help with ID.
I find … suggestion (in facebook) of Alysicarpus a very good possibility.
This plant is a small bushy shrub about 6 feet high; the flowers measure about 20 mm across.
The place is Gudampara near Chinnakanal, Munnar, elevation about 1500m asl.

It will be Desmodium species

It appears to me it is a Desmodium species

This one is not Alysicarpus Neck ex Desv., But it is Desmodium Desv. and precisely Desmodium ferrugenium Wall. ex Thw.
See my publication entitled as ” Notes on the status of Desmodium wynaadense Bedd. ex Gamble” published in Rheedea.”

It is Desmodium ferrugineum Wall. ex Thw. ssp. ferrugineum (Syn: Desmodium polycarpum (Poir. ) DC. var. fischeri Gamble= D.rufescens sensu Wight & Arn. non DC.)


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Desmodium ferrugineum Thwaites … family: Fabaceae

Flowers of India Discussions at efloraofindia more views in flickr more views on Google Earth
des-MOH-dee-um — Greek desmos (band or chain), refers to jointed seed pods … Dave’s Botanary
fer-oo-GIN-ee-um or fer-oo-JIN-ee-um — rust-colored … Dave’s Botanary
commonly known asrusty desmodium
botanical namesDesmodium ferrugineum Thwaites … synonymsDesmodium rufescens sensu Wight & Arn. (misapplied) … The Plant List (2013). Version 1.1.

¿ GRON-ah ? — derivation obscure; perhaps, from Greek grono (cave) … Dave’s Botanary
fer-oo-GIN-ee-a or fer-oo-JIN-ee-a — rust-colored … Dave’s Botanary

commonly known as: rusty desmodium • Malayalam: തണ്ടൻപുല്ല് thantan-pull

botanical namesGrona ferruginea (Wall. ex Thwaites) H.Ohashi & K.Ohashi … synonymsDesmodium ferrugineum Wall. ex Thwaites … POWO

Bibliography / etymology

~~~~~ ENGLISH ~~~~~
rusty desmodium
~~~~~ KANNADA ~~~~~
no given name
~~~~~ MALAYALAM ~~~~~
തണ്ടൻപുല്ല് thantan-pull
  • Many thanks to Salim Pichan and Vinaya Raj V R for help with this name … facebook
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03: ID requested for a Fabaceae Member – Reg : 8 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (1) – 1 MB.

Kindly identify the Fabaceae member from Eastern Ghats (Tamil Nadu).
Location: Shervaroyan Hills, Salem Dist., Tamil Nadu.
Alt.: ca. 1100 m asl.
Habit: Erect herb / under-shrub with hard stem.

Please check for Desmodium ferrugineum

Looks like Desmodium sp.

Pl check for Desmodium ferrugineum

Thank you very much … for the ID. It matches with Desmodium ferrugineum.


Flower for Id.ID 30062013SH1 : Attachments (1).  3 posts by 3 authors.
Flower for Id pl.
Location – Munnar
Date- 31.1.2011

Habitat –Wild

Seems a species of Uraria or Desmodium.

Maybe Uraria rufescens (DC.) Schindl. as per images and details herein.

Grona ferruginea