Desmodium heterocarpon var. heterocarpon (L.) DC.

 
  • Family : FABACEAE
    (PEA or BEAN FAMILY)
  • Family (as per The Plant List) : Leguminosae
  • Subfamily : Faboideae
  • Basionym : Hedysarum heterocarpon L.
  • Synonym(s) : Hedysarum polycarpum Poir.; Desmodium polycarpum (Poir.) DC.; Desmodium patens Wight
  • Species Name (as per The Plant List) : Desmodium heterocarpon (L.) DC.
  • Common name : Asian Tick Trefoil
  • Vernacular name : Dongerabuta, Salparni, Krishna parni (Oria); Adivi utchinta, Chepputatla, Chepputatta (Telugu); Aadotti (Tamil); Nilathuvara (Malayalam)
  • Habit : Herb
  • Habitat : Moist deciduous and semi-Evergreen forests, also in the plains and open forests
  • Comments / notes : On hills above 900m, in moist places amongst grasses and under partial shade.
  • Key identification features : Small slender shrub
  • Flower, Fruit : August-April
  • Distribution :
    • Andhra Pradesh : Vishakapatnam district, Kurnool district, Chittoor district, West Godavari district, East Godavari district
    • Kerala : All districts of Kerala
    • Odisha : Ganjam district, Mayurbhanj district, Sambalpur district, Bolangir district, Bargarh district, Malkangiri district
    • Tamil Nadu : Salem district, Namakkal district, Dharmapuri district, Madurai district, The Nilgiri district, Tirunelveli district
  • World Distribution : India, S. Africa, India to Indo-China, China, Japan, Formosa, Malesia
  • Conservation Status : Not Evaluated (NE)
  • Literature : Pullaiah et al., 2001 - Flora of Eastern Ghats Vol. 2; R. S. Rao et al., 1986 - Flora of West Godavari District; J.L.Ellis, 1987- Flora of Nallamalais Vol. 1; H. O. Saxena and M. Brahmam, 1989 - The Flora of Similipahar (Similipal), Orissa; Matthew, K.M., Flora of Tamil Nadu Carnatic, Vol.1. Diocesan Press, Madras. 1983; H.O. Saxena & M. Brahmam, 1994- Flora of Orissa Vol. 1; Sasidharan, N. 2011. Flowering plants of Kerala. DVD, V 2, KFRI; Henry, Kumari & Chithra (1983). Flora of Tamil Nadu, India vol. 1.
  • Citation : Sankara Rao, K., Raja K Swamy, Deepak Kumar, Arun Singh R. and K. Gopalakrishna Bhat (2019). Flora of Peninsular India. http://peninsula.ces.iisc.ac.in/plants.php?name=Desmodium heterocarpon var. heterocarpon. Downloaded on 15 December 2019.

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