Desmodium microphyllum (Thunb.) DC.

 
  • Family : FABACEAE
    (PEA or BEAN FAMILY)
  • Family (as per The Plant List) : Leguminosae
  • Subfamily : Faboideae
  • Basionym : Hedysarum microphyllum Thunb.
  • Synonym(s) : Desmodium parvifolium DC.
  • Species Name (as per The Plant List) : Desmodium microphyllum (Thunb.) DC.
  • Vernacular name : Kattu-avam-poovu (Malayalam)
  • Habit : Herb
  • Habitat : Grassy places
  • Comments / notes : Occasional in grassy places among rocks near streams
  • Key identification features : Prostrate herb, much branched
  • Flower, Fruit : July-February
  • Distribution :
    • Kerala : Idukki district, Pathanamthitta district
    • Odisha : Mayurbhanj district, Cuttack district, Khurda district
    • Tamil Nadu : Coimbatore district, Madurai district, The Nilgiri district
  • World Distribution : Tropical Asia, Australia, India, China
  • Conservation Status : Least Concern (LC)
  • Literature : H.O. Saxena & M. Brahmam, 1994- Flora of Orissa Vol. 1; H. O. Saxena and M. Brahmam, 1989 - The Flora of Similipahar (Similipal), Orissa; IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.1. ; 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 microphyllum. Downloaded on 6 December 2019.

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