Images by S. Kasim (Validation by C. Kunhikannan) & Anurag N Sharma (validation by J.M.Garg) (Inserted
by Surajit Koley &  J.M.Garg) (For more images & complete details, click on the links)


[Cambodia, India, Indo­nesia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka] from Flora of China;

Distribution in India: Andhra Pradesh13, Assam9, Bihar16, Goa21, Gujarat21, Karnataka14, Kerala22, Maharashtra9, Manipur9, Meghalaya1, Orissa23, Tamil Nadu15, Tripura18, West Bengal19

(From ILDIS )


Subshrubs with trailing branches, glandular-hairy. Leaflets 6.5 x 2.5 cm, ovate, acute, rounded at base; petiole 4-5 cm long; stipules ovate. Flowers in short racemes; calyx 8 mm long, lobes oblong, obtuse; petals included, yellow; standard 7 mm diam., orbicular, glabrous; wings 5 mm long, oblong. Pods 7 x 5 mm, ovoid, turgid, minutely hispid; seed-1, black.

Flowering and fruiting: October-December
Grasslands and moist deciduous forests

(Attributions- Dr. N Sasidharan (Dr. B P Pal Fellow), Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi





Identification of Plant specimen (Resent due to net Problem)9 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (4)
Please help me to identify the specimen attached.
Place: Vellore, Tamilnadu
Date: 08.02.15

Subherb trailing on the ground. Sepals equal to petals. Leaves pubescent.
I infer that it could be Rhynchosia rufescens.

I also doubt it as Rhynchosia rufescens

It seems to be Atylosia scarbioides

efi page on Cajanus scarabaeoides (syn: Atylosia scarabaeoides (L.) Benth.)

It is not Cajanus scarabaeoides (Atylosia scarabaeoides)

Thank you All

I fully agree with the observation and do not want to argue also.
Anyhow, Pl. verify the attached link. the flower exactly matches with my specimen.
I am attaching some more specimens of Rhynchosia rufescens to facilitate identification of the specimen submitted earlier. The specimens themselves explains the characters of the plant. The fruit is ONE seeded and the seed collour is shiny light black.
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ANJUL03 Rhynchosia sp. for identification : 7 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (10)
Family: Fabaceae
Date: 20th July 2016
Place: Devarayanadurga, Tumkur District, Karnataka
Habit: Trailing herb
Habitat: Scrub forest
The key leads me to Rhynchosia rufescens (Willd.) DC. Please validate.

Thanks for the superb efforts, …

I think matches with images at Rhynchosia rufescens




Fabaceae herb for id 170210MK1 : Attachments (5). 11 posts by 5 authors.

Could this be a species of Rhyncosia?

Date/Time- 10 Feb 2010 / 2:30pm

Location- Place, Altitude, GPS- Dhimbam Ghat section; Satyamangalam RF; 1100msl

Habitat- Garden/ Urban/ Wild/ Type- Wild

Plant Habit- Tree/ Shrub/ Climber/ Herb- Trailing Herb

Height/Length- ca. 1 M

Leaves Type/ Shape/ Size- tri-foliolate; ovate; acute apex / 3 – 5cm length

Inflorescence Type/ Size- Raceme; ca. 7cm length

Flowers Size/ Colour/ Calyx/ Bracts- ca. 1.5cm across; yellow

Fruits Type/ Shape/ Size Seeds-

Other Information like Fragrance, Pollinator, Uses etc.- no fragrance

is this palnt Rhynchosia tomentosa (L.) Hook. & Arn. var. tomentosa ???

It seems to be Rhynchosia tomentosa.

Rhynchosia tomentosa (L.) Hook. & Arn. is a native of North America as per GRIN.
Pl. clarify as to which is this posted species.

Rhynchosia rufescens (Willd.) DC. as per images herein.

Fabaceae-Faboideae (Papilionaceae) Week_Flora of Bannerghatta_111111GK01_ID request: Date/Time- 15-10-2011

Location- Place, Altitude, GPS- Bannerghatta, Bangalore Dist Karnataka

Habitat- Garden/ Urban/ Wild/ Type- Moist/Dry Deciduous

Plant Habit- Tree/ Shrub/ Climber/ Herb- Herbaceous (semi-trailing) hairy throughout

Height/Length- about 30-60cm

Leaves Type/ Shape/ Size- Trifoliate

Inflorescence Type/ Size- Axillary

Flowers Size/ Colour/ Calyx/ Bracts- Yellow

Fruits Type/ Shape/ Size Seeds- Not seen

i guess Cajanus scarabaoides

Looks like Rhynchosia

Leaves look more like Cajanus scarabaoides. But the most distinguishing feature is the fruit. Better to see the fruits and decide whether it is Cajanus or Rhyncosia species

It looks like Rhynchosia rufescens (Willd.) DC. as per images herein

Yes. The flowers have a similarity. … Id is correct. 


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