Desmodium heterophyllum (Willd.) DC.

 
  • Family : FABACEAE
    (PEA or BEAN FAMILY)
  • Family (as per The Plant List) : Leguminosae
  • Subfamily : Faboideae
  • Basionym : Hedysarum heterophyllum Willd.
  • Synonym(s) : Desmodium triflorum var. majus Wight & Arn.
  • Species Name (as per The Plant List) : Desmodium heterophyllum (Willd.) DC.
  • Vernacular name : Kudaliya (Hindi); Muntamandu (Telugu); Kuradia gachha, Latkana, Kaan sisna, Lathna (Oria)
  • Habit : Undershrub
  • Habitat : Mixed deciduous forests, degraded moist deciduous forests, also in the plains
  • Comments / notes : Occasional in forests
  • Key identification features : Much branched undershrub with purple flowers
  • Flower, Fruit : May-December
  • Distribution :
    • Kerala : Kannur district, Wayanad district, Kozhikode district, Malappuram district, Palakkad district, Thrissur district, Idukki district, Kottayam district, Alappuzha district, Pathanamthitta district, Kollam district, Thiruvananthapuram district
    • Odisha : Puri district
    • Tamil Nadu : Kanchipuram (Changalpattu-CGP) district, Salem district, Coimbatore district, Madurai district, Tirunelveli district
  • World Distribution : India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Thailand, Indo-China, China, Taiwan, RyuKyu Islands, Bonin, Malesia, Pacific Islands, Australia
  • Conservation Status : Not Evaluated (NE)
  • Literature : Pullaiah et al., 2001 - Flora of Eastern Ghats Vol. 2; 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 heterophyllum. Downloaded on 6 December 2019.

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