Desmodium ferrugineum Thwaites

  • Family : FABACEAE
    (Pea Or Bean Family)
  • Family (Hindi name) : PALASH FAMILY (पलाश फैमिली)
  • Family (as per The Plant List) : LEGUMINOSAE
  • Subfamily : Faboideae
  • Synonym(s) : Desmodium polycarpum (Poir.) DC. var. fischeri Gamble p.p.; Desmodium rufescens sensu Wight & Arn., non DC. 1825.
  • Species Name (as per The Plant List) : Desmodium ferrugineum Thwaites
  • Habit : Shrub
  • Habitat : Moist deciduous forests, grasslands and montane scrub jungles
  • Comments / notes : Occasional on hills above 1000m by shola border and stream banks
  • Key identification features : Branches and foliage silvery
  • Flower, Fruit : Throughout the year
  • Collector(s) Name : Raja K. Swamy, Navendu Page, K. Sankara Rao & Navendu Page; Raja K. Swamy & Noel Sebastian
  • Collection Date : 23/03/2016; 24-11-2018
  • Collection Nos : HJCB-0584; HJCB-1797
  • Collection Locality : Shevaroy temple road, Shevaroy Hills, Salem district (TN); Munnar, Idukki district, Kerala
  • Distribution :
    • Kerala : Malappuram district, Kottayam district, Pathanamthitta district, Idukki district
    • Tamil Nadu : Salem district, Namakkal district, Coimbatore district, Kanyakumari district, Madurai district, The Nilgiri district, Ramanathapuram district, Tirunelveli district
  • Native : India, Sri Lanka
  • World Distribution : India, Sri Lanka
  • Conservation Status : Not Evaluated (NE)
  • Literature : Pullaiah et al., 2001 - Flora of Eastern Ghats Vol. 2; Sasidharan, N. 2011. Flowering plants of Kerala. DVD, V 2, KFRI; Henry, Kumari & Chithra (1983). Flora of Tamil Nadu, India vol. 1; Herbarium specimen from Munnar, Idukki district, Kerala (not scanned)
  • Citation : Sankara Rao, K., Raja K Swamy, Deepak Kumar, Arun Singh R. and K. Gopalakrishna Bhat (2019). Flora of Peninsular India. ferrugineum. Downloaded on 2 June 2020.

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