Campylotropis speciosa (Schindl.) Schindl. (syn: Campylotropis speciosa (Schindl.) Schindl.; Campylotropis speciosa (Schindl.) Schindl.; Lespedeza speciosa Schindl. (ambiguous synonym));
Bhutan (N) ; India (N) ; Himachal Pradesh ; Jammu-Kashmir1]; Manipur ; Meghalaya; Sikkim ; Uttar Pradesh; Nepal (N) as per ILDIS;
Common name: Showy Pea-Shrub • Nepali: साकिनेf Sakino

Shrub 1-3m. leaves subcoriaceous, leaflests oblanceolate or obovate, 1.5-3 x 0.5 x 1.75 cm, acute, obtuse or smarginate, mucronate, base cuneate, veins ± prominent on upper surface, glabrous above, appressed pubescent beneath; petioles 0.5-3cm, stipules lanceolate 5-6mm, racemes many flowered 5-12 cm, bracts lanceolate 3-4mm, deciduous. Calyx 4-5mm, appressed brownish pubescent. petals purplish, 8-10mm, standard 10 x 6mm, pods elliptic 7-8 x 3-4mm, acuminate style 6mm deciduous, but mucronate base 2-3mm persisting, appressed brownish pubescent.

Fl. September-October
On open banks at margins of oak forests.
(Attributions- A.C.J Grierson & D.G Long. Flora of Bhutan. Published by RBGE. 1987 from Flora of Bhutan)



Fabaceae (Faboideae) Fortnight :: Indigofera?:: Dalhousie :: NS OCT 76/76 : 9 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (5)
Please suggest if the attached pics belong to any Indigofera sp.
Or this is a Lespedeza sp.

Does not look like Indigofera to me, …,
Beautiful shades. Thanks for sharing.

Campylotropis sp to me.

Pl. check with images at Campylotropis macrostyla (D.Don) Miq.
To me it appears close.

Yes …,  I think this should be Campylotropis macrostyla

I think Campylotropis speciosa as per discussions in another thread: SK 2254 28 October 2019


SK 2254 28 October 2019 : 8 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (3)- 1, 2 & 3 mb.
Location: Phulchoki, Lalitpur 
Date: 16 September 2019
Elevation: 2318 m.
Habit : Wild
Indigofera sp. ??

Attachments (3)- 1, 3 & 3 mb.

Attachments (2) – 1 & 4 mb.

Is it one of Campylotropis ?? Campylotropis and C. speciosa subsp. eriocarpa  as listed in Nepal ??

Yes … its definitely Campylotropis sp.

It is either Campylotropis speciosa subsp. speciosa or can be Campylotropis stenocarpa but i don’t think its C. speciosa subsp. eriocarpa because that one should be much hairy.

I could not find keys listing all three species as mentioned in Checklist of Nepal, either in Flora of Pakistan, or in Flora of China or in Flora of Bhutan.
Keys did not become clear until I saw the specimens in GBIF (with specimen link) as below:
Flora of Pakistan gives the following keys [added important keys from description]:
1 Raceme sessile, (bracts persistent) [Inflorescence axillary raceme, c. 3.8 cm long]   Campylotropis stenocarpa
+ Raceme pedunculate (2)
2 (1) Stipules 3.5-6.5 mm long, bract c. 2 mm long. Fruit with a persistent style base 2.5 mm long Campylotropis meeboldii
+ Stipules c. 3 mm long, bract c. 2.5 mm long. Fruit with a persistent style base 7-10 mm long [Inflorescence axillary pedunculate racemes appearing like panicle in the fruiting stage; peduncle 3-8 mm long] Campylotropis macrostyla
Flora of China for Campylotropis speciosa (Royle ex Schindler) Schindler subsp. eriocarpa (Schindler) Iokawa & H. Ohashi (syn: Campylotropis eriocarpa Schindler) mentions racemes 2.5-20 cm; rachis and pedicels densely appressed or ascending shortly hairy. Flora of Bhutan mentions racemes many flowered , 5-12 cm. There seems to be some confusion w.r.t. its nomenclature as Check list of Nepal gives Campylotropis speciosa (Royle ex Schindl.) Schindl. (syn: Campylotropis eriocarpa Schindl.; Campylotropis macrostyla var. eriocarpa (Maxim.) H. Ohashi) almost same as in Flora of Bhutan. Catalogue of Life mentions only two: 1. Campylotropis eriocarpa (DC.) Schindl.(syn:  Lespedeza eriocarpa DC.; Lespedeza indica Schindl.) based on ILDIS with distribution in India only.  2. Campylotropis speciosa (Schindl.)Schindl. (syn: Campylotropis macrostyla var. eriocarpa (Maxim.)H.Ohashi; Lespedeza eriocarpa auct. non DC. (ambiguous synonym); Lespedeza speciosa Schindl. (ambiguous synonym)) based on ILDIS with distribution in Bhutan, India &  Nepal only;
In view of above, I take this post as Campylotropis speciosa (Royle ex Schindl.) Schindl.


Campylotropis stenocarpa in FOI : 1 post by 1 author.
Images of Campylotropis stenocarpa in FOI should be of Campylotropis speciosa as per discussions in another thread: SK 2254 28 October 2019
Pl. correct.



Campylotropis stenocarpa submission : 3 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (6)- around 400 kb each.
Here one new addition to efloraofindia site.
Campylotropis stenocarpa
Family – Fabaceae
Photographed at Shimla district, Himachal Pradesh 
Dated – 19 September 2019

Do you think it is same as mine ?

I think Campylotropis speciosa as per discussions in another thread: SK 2254 28 October 2019

Thanks alot for correcting … I was also confused between the two but i mistakenly thought this to be Campylotropis stenocarpa as in flora of Himachal Pradesh only Campylotropis stenocarpa is mentioned and there’s no Campylotropis speciosa.

Moreover i was also misguided by a misplaced herbarium sample (which is probably C. speciosa) on gbif site under name C. stenocarpa which leads to confusion.

Unknown Fabaceae-1 from Shillong, Meghalaya : Attachments (6). 4 posts by 3 authors.
Attached images may be the unknown species of Fabaceae. Please ID the Sp.
Date :09.10.2013
Location: Shillong, Meghalaya
Family : Fabaceae
Genus & species : ??
Habitat: Grows wild
Habit : Shrub

May be Indigofera spp

Campylotropis speciosa (Royle ex Schindl.) Schindl.


Campylotropis speciosa (Royle ex Schindl.) Schindl.: 7 very high res. images.

Location: Jumla, Nepal
Altitude:  2626m.
Date: 18 August 2021 

Habit : Wild