Cajanus mollis (Benth.) Maesen, Agric. Univ. Wageningen Pap.85(4): 154 (1985 publ. 1986) (syn: Atylosia glandulosa Dalzell ; Atylosia mollis Benth.; Cantharospermum molle (Benth.) Taub.Collaea cinerascens Graham ; Collaea mollis Graham ; Dolichos blandus Graham ; Dolichos crassus Graham);
Pakistan to China (Yunnan): Assam, China South-Central, East Himalaya, India, Nepal, Pakistan, West Himalaya as per POWO;

Twining perennial herb. leaves subdigitately 3-foilate; petioles 3-8cm, leaflets ovate-elliptic or rombhic 4-7 x 2.5-6cm, acute, base cuneate, pubescent especially beneath, glandular, stiples sublate 2-3mm, stipules minute, deciduous. Racemes 6-15 flowered, 5-7 bracts ovate 8-14 x 6-10mm, deciduous. Calyx tube 5mm, teeth 3-5mm. Petals yellow 1.3-2.5cm, standard broadly oblong or obovate, 13-22 x 12-15mm, wings elliptic, blade 10-17 x 4-5mm with 2 auricles at base ,the lower one short, te upper almost as long as basal claw, keel oblong 10-16 x 5-6mm, upcurved and rounded distally. Pods 4-5*0.7-0.9cm, rounded at apex, often bearing persistent style, densely pubescent, grooved almost at right angles at sutures, 6-9-seeded, seeds oblong, brown or blackish 3.5-4*2.5-3mm, aril 0.5mm, yellowish.
Fl. August-September
Climbing on trees
(Attributions: A.C.J Grierson & D.G Long. Flora of Bhutan. Published by RBGE. 1987 as per Bhutan Biodiversity Portal)

Cajanus mollis (Benth.) Maesen: 9 very high res. images.
Location: Chalnakhel, Kathmandu, Nepal

Date: 24 September 2023
Elevation: 1407m.
Habit: Wild

I think it is possible as per keys in Flora of China (and at and GBIF specimens (one and two).
In view, can your observations at Cajanus grandiflorus (Baker) Maesen, also be of this species (as per listing in Checklist of Nepal)?

Location: Chalnakhel, Kathmandu, Nepal

Date: 08 October 2023
Elevation: 1407m. 
Habit: Wild
10 very high res. images.

SK 2263 31 October 2019 : 17 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (3)- 1, 2 & 2 mb.
Location:  Batase Danda, Palpa
Date: 24 September 2019
Elevation:1400 m.
Habit : Wild 
Which Fabaceae ??

Attachments (3)- 1, 2 & 3 mb.

Attachments (3)- 1, 2 & 2 mb.

Attachments (1)- 3 mb.

Attachments (1)- 6 mb.

How many seeds per pod ?
Inflorescence makes me think of Rhynchosia capitata 

Does not look like matching with any Rhynchosia ! I did not check seeds properly but looks like 5-7.
Rhynchosia capitata not listed in Nepal.

but here its just developing. may be that’s why its flat.
let it grow the seeds and then we can decide, if that’s possible

It is too too far away, about 350 km from Kathmandu for the follow-up !

oh ok

Any idea about the genus ? Tried in Flora of Bhutan, but could not find.

I think same as in SK 2227 17 October 2019

Looks like but unable to ID yet.

Thought of Rhynchosia after seeing … post at Identification of Fabaceae climber, but could not match with any species given in Checklist of Nepal as per
Comparative images at Rhynchosia and as per

Rhynchosia falconeri also does not look a match.

Cajanus ? C. elongatus or C. villosus ?

Thanks, …
I check with both, but not matching as per Cajanus elongatus (Benth.) Maesen and for C. villosus as per GBIF, POWO
I further checked with keys in Flora of Bhutan at Cajanus
I think this is Cajanus grandiflorus (Bentham ex Baker) Maesen (Atylosia grandiflora Bentham ex Baker in J. D. Hooker, Fl. Brit. India 2: 214. 1876; Dunbaria pulchra Baker; Pueraria seguinii H. Léveillé) as per GBIF  High resolution specimen High resolution specimen Flora of China  FOC illustration  CFH  POWO

Cajanus grandiflorus (Benth. ex Baker) Maesen has got no distribution in Nepal.
I guess it should be Cajanus mollis (Benth.) Maesen as well.

SK 2227 17 October 2019 : 15 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (5) – 1 mb each.
Location: Chalnakhel, kathmandu, Nepal
Altitude: 1570 m.
Date: 14 September  2019
Habit : Wild
Which Fabaceae ??

Attachments (3)- 141 kb, 3 & 3 mb.

Attachments (1)- 7 mb.

Size of flowers and pods ? Infloresacence ? Rhynchosia ?

Any idea about the genus ?

lotus ?

It is not Lotus …!


Check Dunbaria

Two, Dunbaria rotundifolia (Lour.) Merr. and Dunbaria punctata (Wight & Arn.) Benth.
are listed in Nepal but does not look like matching !

Pl. check with keys of Fabaceae in Flora of Bhutan.

Pl. check comparative images at Fabaceae (Leguminosae)

Cajanus mollis (Benth.) Maesen !

Possible as per Cajanus mollis (Benth.) Maesen


Legume (Phaseolus/Vigna?) for ID from Chakrata-GS17122021-8: 6 high res. images.
Please help with the ID of legume, possibly Phaseolus or Vigna, from Tiger fall area, Chakrata, Uttarakhand, 18-9-2011

Rhynchosia sp.

I think it is Cajanus grandiflorus (Baker) Maesen, as per images and details herein.

I think it may also be Cajanus mollis (Benth.) Maesen as per images and details herein.

I guess you are right


Regarding the ID of Wild Fabaceae Species from Mandi, H.P.: 5 images.

A wild Fabaceae woody climber in flowering from Mandi, H.P.
Kindly help ID its species.
Habit: Perennial, woody climber reaching the height of more than 15 feats, spreading on tree canopies and rocks.
Flowering: Spring (March to April)
Habitat: Shady moist mixed Pine forest
Occurrence: Common.
Place: Mandi, HP
Date: March, 2024

The flower characteristics bear some resemblance to the Cajanus genus. Therefore, I checked the earlier discussion regarding the Cajanus genus on the efloraofIndia website. The resemblance is close to the species Cajanus mollis. Kindly validate the ID.

Looks good !
Thank you.

Thank you very much, sir! Your earlier discussion on this species helped in the identification.





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