Slender herbs, spreading from a central woody root stock. Leaves 2-foilolate, leaflets 0.8-1.5 x 0.15-0.2 cm, linear-lanceolate, acuminate at apex, glabrous with scattered black glands. Petioles 0.6-0.8 cm long. Stipules 0.4-0.6 cm, ovate-lanceolate, glandular. Racemes axillary or terminal. Peduncles 2-5 cm long. Bracts geminate, foliaceous, 0.4-0.6 x 0.3-0.4 cm, ovate, glandular without, ciliate on margins. Flowers 0.6-0.8 cm across. Calyx tube c. 0.15 cm long, lobes 5, unequal. Corolla yellow, 0.6-0.7 cm long. Stamens 10, monadelphous; alternating filaments long and short; anthers dimorphic. Ovary 0.15 x 0.2 cm long, pubescent; style filiform, 0.6 cm long.

Flowering and fruiting: November-January
Lateritic grassy slopes, forest plantations, also in the plains
India and Sri Lanka
(Attributions- Dr. N Sasidharan (Dr. B P Pal Fellow), Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi

Confirmation of Plant specimen- Zornia sp ? : 6 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (1)

Pl help me to confirm the identification of the attached specimen.
It looks different from Z. diphylla and Z.gibbosa.
It was recorded at Radhapuram, Tirunelveli Dist. Tamilnadu on 18-01-15

One more picture showing flower close up
Attachments (2)

Thanks, … Your plant is depicted as Kollam Zornia at FOI (found only in Kerala).

However, there is lot of confusion in literature as can be seen at ‎Zornia
May be the following paper be of help in sorting out your species:
Summary : Zornia quilonensis Ravi is reduced to a variety under Zornia diphylla L. Webbia: Journal of Plant Taxonomy and Geography Volume 67,  Issue 1, 2012
May I request … & others to pl. help in the matter.

Zornia diphylla (L.) Pers.

Thank you … I have read your article
A new combination in Zornia diphylla (L.)Pers. (Fabaceae, Dalbergieae) from India, which deals with Z.diphylla and Z.quilensis.
Whether we can derive the variety name from the available specimen?


Fabaceae-Faboideae (Papilionaceae) Week: RVS20: Zornia quilonensis:
Zornia quilonensis from Tirunelveli, TN.

Occasional Zornias in the database. Thanks. This will be one of them.

Forwarding again for validation please in view of

A new combination in Zornia diphylla (L.) Pers. (Fabaceae, Dalbergieae) from India by M. V. Krishnaraja & N. Mohanana pages 29-32
Summary : Zornia quilonensis Ravi is reduced to a variety under Zornia diphylla L. Webbia: Journal of Plant Taxonomy and Geography Volume 67,  Issue 1, 2012

A copy of this paper, if provided, will be really helpful.

plant for identification : 7 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (2)
I have attached two pictures of a plant to this mail. Could anyone help me to identify this? It was collected from Kannur district in Kerala. I understand that it has got high medicinal value and used as medicine by conventional practitioners. If anyone can give the local names (malayalam, tamil/kannada), that will be more helpfull for me.

this is Zornia species of Fabaceae. There are 3-4 species (Z. diphylla, Z. gibbosa, Z. quilonensis etc.) in Kerala distinguished mainly on features like leaf shape, presence of gland dots on leaves & bracts etc.

Have you other pics of this species ????????

Appears to be Zornia diphylla (L.) Pers. as per images & details herein.

ARJUL33 Fabaceae herb for Id- Zornia sp. : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2).
Bangalore 20th July 2014 

Zornia gibbosa

Thank you sir.

Appears more closer to images at Zornia diphylla (L.) Pers.

Looks like Zornia diphylla



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