Common name: Wavy-Leaf Desmodium

Bhu­tan, China, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, New Guinea, Philip­pines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam; Africa as per Flora of China

Undershrubs; branches slender. Leaves few; leaflets to 20 x 6 cm, ovate, acuminate, rounded at base, glabrous above, adpressed pubescent below; nerves finely reticulated below; stipules ovate, acuminate. Flowers in panicled racemes, terminal or axillary; rachis tomentose, to 25 cm long; calyx 4-lobed, campanulate; standard to 10 mm across, reddish, orbicular, retuse at apex. Joints of pod 2 or 3, to 1.5 x 0.6 cm, falcate, densely covered with hooked hairs.

Flowering and fruiting: December-April
Grasslands, also in evergreen forests

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

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    Tephrosia tinctoria FOR VALIDATION, check variation in leaf & stem :: Galibeedu, Madikeri :: 23 FEB 2017 : 4 posts by 2 authors. 2 images.

  • Madikeri Coorg, Karnataka
  • Date: 24 FEB 2017 … Average elevation: ~ 1117 m (3667 ft) asl
  • Tephrosia tinctoria Pers. … (family: Fabaceae)

    Its a species of Desmodium

    Thanks very much … for validating; I could not reach to any Desmodium spp. listed at Herbarium JCB. Hopefully will get more comments here.

    Thanks to … for the Desmodium clue. It must be Desmodium repandum (Vahl) DC. … synonym of Hylodesmum repandum (Vahl) H.Ohashi & R.R.Mill.

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