Eriosema himalaicum H.Ohashi (syn: Crotalaria tuberosa D.Don; Eriosema chinense auct. non Vogel (ambiguous synonym); Eriosema tuberosum (D.Don) Wang & T.Tang (ambiguous synonym));


Id pl. UP 12 : 5 posts by 2 authors.
Id of the Fab member pl, from Meghalay.

I think it will be Eriosema chinense Vogel.

Thanks, … It seems to match with illustrations of Eriosema chinense at:

I think it should be Eriosema himalaicum H.Ohashi as per discussion at SK 2204 04 October 201


SK 2204 04 October 201 : 23 posts by 5 authors. Attachments (4)- 850 kb, 1, 2 & 3 mb.

Location: Pharping, Kathmandu, Nepal
Altitude: 1833m.
Date: 02 September 2019
Habit : Wild
Crotalaria sp. ? ID ??

Attachments (1)- 6 mb.

Attachments (2) – 2 & 5 mb.

Attachments (3) – 1, 2 & 2 mb.

Did you check with the comparative images?

Yes … but could not decide!

It’s not Fabaceae member,
Polaygalaceae only resembles P. arvensis but not sure for sp.

Thank you … pointing out towards the ID but P. arvensis is not listed in Nepal. Also net images do not tally completely. Leaves are very slender and hairy compared to the net images.
Polygala arvensis
Polygala arvensis

I tried all possibility bot could not get match.
Even P.elongata and P.chinensis does not look a match though not listed in Nepal.

Sorry, …, I too helpless because don’t know exactly sp.,
Let’s wait for experts comments,

Sure, Thank you.

please rule out Polygala, this is a legume only and most probably a Crotalaria sp. as initially submitted by …

it’s ok …, don’t mind, Still, am not convinced with Crotalaria but I will wait for sp. in crotalaria,

Did not find match. Only possibility left is Crotalaria kanaii but I could not find any description and images for comparison. Can someone help with its journal?

ID elusive so far

I need journal about this s. for verifying …

Appears to be Crotalaria only, but could not find a match as per comparative images herein.

My suggestion Crotalaria kanaii is not matching !

Eriosema himalaicum H.Ohashi
Syn : Eriosema chinense Vogel
Nepali Name : बन्दर गुली  Bandar Gulee
Thank you … for ID !

Thanks, Saroj ji, for the id.
There seems to be some confusion w.r.t. its taxonomy.
There are two similar species reported from India.
One is Eriosema chinense Vogel as per Flora of China (Eriosema chinense Vogel syn: Eriosema himalaicum H. Ohashi) & FoC Illustration with distribution given in India also. On further checking ILDIS gives its distribution only in Bihar.
Catalogue of Life reports two species as
Eriosema himalaicum H.Ohashi syn: Eriosema chinense auct. non Vogel; Eriosema tuberosum (D.Don) Wang & T.Tang with distribution as Bhutan; China; India; Nepal and
Eriosema chinense Vogel (syn: Dolichos biflorus sensu Lour., non L. (misapplied name)) with distribution as Australia; Cambodia; China; Hainan; India; Indonesia; Irian Jaya; Jawa; Laos; Malaysia; Myanmar; Papua New Guinea; Peninsular Malaysia; Philippines; Sri Lanka; Thailand; Vietnam.
Your images matches with Eriosema himalaicum H.Ohashi as per details at
High resolution specimen  GBIF  ILDIS (Eriosema himalaicum H.Ohashi syn: Eriosema chinense auct. non Vogel; Eriosema tuberosum (D.Don)Wang & T.Tang)

20 September 2020!
Attachments (1) – 2 mb.

Yes it looks somehow similar to Crotalaria sp….so creates confusion.
Some smaller plant specimens need verification in KATH too.

It is Eriosema himalaicum H.Ohashi
Syn : Eriosema chinense Vogel

Yes it is.. but I said both Eriosema and Crotalaria looks similar… it has created confusion in its ID…

There are so many cases with many sp.

Yes there are…
Taxonomy and plant identification is interesting most of the time.


Eriosema chinense Vogel: 9 very high res. images.

Location: Surkhet, West Nepal
Altitude:  438m.
Date: 28 August 2021
Habit : Wild

Please suggest id for this herb, though I do not have habit or seed pod pics..recorded from Gori valley area..!!
Is this Alysicarpus sp. ?

it is not Alysicarpus

Maybe Polygala species.
However, I could not find a match as per comparative images herein.
Somewhat close to Polygala glomerata Lour., but different.

Eriosema chinense Vogel

Great id suggestion, …
However, in Nepal and in this part of India, only Eriosema himalaicum is reported as per BSI flora of India.
So I take it as Eriosema himalaicum, as per images and details herein.

Probably I have seen this plant from Meghalaya also, I will post the pics..



Catalogue of Life  POWO (Eriosema chinense Vogel)

References (Eriosema chinense Vogel):
The Plant List Ver.1.1  ILDIS  GRIN  Flora of China FOC illustration  India Biodiversity Portal  

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