List of species found in India as published in Legumes of India by Sanjappa (1992):
  1. Alysicarpus beddomei Schindler [synonym of Desmodiastrum racemosum var. rotundifolium (Baker) A.Pramaanik & Thoth.]
  2. A. belgaumensis Wight is a synonym of Desmodiastrum belgaumense (Wight) A.Pramanik & Thoth.
  3. A. bupleurifolius (L.) DC. [var. bupleurifolius; var. gracilis; var. hybridus]
  4. A. gamblei Schindler
  5. A. glumaceus (Vahl) DC.
  6. A. hamosus Edgew.
  7. A. heterophyllus (Baker) Jafri & Ali
  8. A. heyneanus Wight & Arn. [var. heyneanus; var. ludens; var meeboldii]
  9. A. longifolius (Rottler ex Spreng.) Wight & Arn.
  10. A. luteovexillatus Naik & Pokle
  11. A. monilifer (L.) DC.
  12. A. ovalifolius (Schumach.) J. Leon.
  13. A. pubescens Law [var. pubescens; var. vasavadae]
  14. A. racemosus Benth. [synonym of Desmodiastrum racemosum (Benth.) A.Pramanil & Thoth.]
  15. A. roxburghianus Thoth. & Pramanik
  16. A. scariosus (Rottler ex Spreng.) Grah. ex Thw. [var. scariosus; var. pilifer]
  17. A. tetragonolobus Edgew.
  18. A. vaginalis (L.) DC. [var. vaginalis; var. nummularifolia; var. stocksii; var. venosa]

Scrutiny of these names in The Plant List indicate that some are synonyms and now placed in another genus.

As published in 1992, the list does not include the new species published after 1992. Some species published after Sanjappa (1992) from India are:

  1. Alysicarpus mahabubnagarensis
  2. A. misquitei
  3. A. naikianus
  4. A. salim-alii
  5. A. saplianus
  6. A. sanjappae

Alysicarpus beddomei Schind. is a synonym of Desmodiastrum racemosum var. rotundifolium (Baker) A.Pramanik & Thoth. HerbWestern Ghats, Moist Deciduous ForestsFlora of Tamil Nadu, VOL. I, 1983Nilgiri
Alysicarpus bupleurifolius (L.) DC. var. bupleurifolius HerbPlains to Mid AltitudeFlora of Tamil Nadu, VOL. I, 1983Coimbatore, Dharmapuri, Kancheepuram, Madurai, Nilgiri,  Virudhunagar , Salem, Thiruvallur,  Tirunelveli, Virudhunagar
Alysicarpus bupleurifolius (L.) Dc. var. gracilis (Edgew.) BakerHerbWestern Ghats, Dry Deciduous Forests, Exposed SlopesFlora of Tamil Nadu, VOL. I, 1983; Gamble, 1957Coimbatore, Dindigul, Madurai, Tiruvannamalai 
Alysicarpus bupleurifolius (L.) Dc. var. hybridus DC.HerbPlainsFlora of Tamil Nadu, VOL. I, 1983Coimbatore
Alysicarpus glumaceus (Vahl) DC. HerbWestern Ghats & Eastern Ghats, Moist Deciduous ForestsMatthew, 1999Coimbatore, Dharmapuri, Kanniyakumari, Madurai, Nilgiri, Salem, Tiruchchirappalli, Tirunelveli, Viluppuram, Virudhunagar  
Alysicarpus heterophyllus (Benth. ex Baker) Jefri & AliHerbEastern Ghats, Dry Deciduous Forests,  Exposed SlopesR. Vijaya Sankar, 2007Tiruvannamalai 
Alysicarpus longifolius Wight & Arn.HerbPlainsFlora of Tamil Nadu, VOL. I, 1983Coimbatore, Dharmapuri, Madurai, Virudhunagar
Alysicarpus monilifer (L.) DC. HerbPlains to Low AltitudeFlora of Tamil Nadu, VOL. I, 1983All districts
Alysicarpus ovalifolius (Schumac) J. Leon.HerbPlainsSanjappa, 1992All districts
Alysicarpus racemosus Benth. is a synonym of Desmodiastrum racemosum (Benth.) A.Pramanik & Thoth. HerbWestern Ghats, Evergreen ForestsFlora of Tamil Nadu, VOL. I, 1983Coimbatore, Nilgiri
Alysicarpus roxburghianus Thoth. & PramanikHerb/ UndershrubEastern Ghats, Dry Deciduous ForestsK. Thothathri & A. Pramanik, (1979) 1981Salem
Alysicarpus scariosus (Rottler. ex. Spring) Grah. ex  Thw.  var. pilifer (Prain) Pramanik & Thoth.HerbPlainsFlora of Tamil Nadu, VOL. I, 1983Coimbatore, Kancheepuram, Ramanathapuram, Thiruvallur,  Tiruvannamalai, Viluppuram
Alysicarpus scariosus Rottler. ex. Spring) Grah. ex  Thw.  var. scariosusHerbPlainsFlora of Tamil Nadu, VOL. I, 1983Coimbatore, Cuddalore, Dharmapuri, Kanniyakumari, Ramanathapuram, Viluppuram
Alysicarpus vaginalis (L.) DC. var. stocksii BakerHerbPlainsFlora of Tamil Nadu, VOL. I, 1983Virudhunagar
Alysicarpus vaginalis (L.) DC. var. vaginalisHerbPlains to Low Altitude, WastelandsFlora of Tamil Nadu, VOL. I, 1983; Matthew, 1983All districts


Alysicarpus belgaumensis is a synonym of Desmodiastrum belgaumense (Wight) A.Pramanik & Thoth. Fabaceae Belgaum Alyce Clover
Alysicarpus bupleurifolius Hedysarum bupleurifolium, Hedysarum gramineum Fabaceae Sweet Alyce Clover
Alysicarpus hamosus Alysicarpus procumbens, Hedysarum procumbens Fabaceae Round-Leaf Alyce Clover
Alysicarpus longifolius Hedysarum longifolium Fabaceae Long Leaved Alyce Clover
Alysicarpus pubescens Fabaceae Bicolor Alyce Clover
Alysicarpus tetragonolobus Fabaceae Red Alyce Clover
Alysicarpus vaginalis Alysicarpus rupicola, Alysicarpus nummularifolius, Hedysarum cylindricum Fabaceae Alyce Clover


Alysicarpus sanjappae (Leguminosae: Papilionoideae), a new species from the Western Ghats of India by Shantanu Chavan, M. M. Sardesai, D. S. Pokle- Kew Bulletin March 2013, Volume 68, Issue 1, pp 183-186- 
Summary- Alysicarpus sanjappae, a new species (Leguminosae: Papilionoideae) from the Western Ghats of India, is described and illustrated. It resembles A. heyneanus Wight & Arn., but differs in having a prostrate habit, stems and branches strigose with a line of distant hairs, leaves usually 1-foliolate mixed with 3-foliolate, stipules and stipels distinctly ciliate only at the tip, secondary bracts, a glabrous pedicel, dark brown hairs present only on the margins at the tip of all sepals, a yellow corolla tinged with red, and rugose pods, as long as or slightly longer than the sepals.


An Excursion Flora of Central Tamilnadu, India By K. M. Matthew (1995)- Details with keys-

Floristic Diversity of Assam: Study of Pabitora Wildlife Sanctuary By Bora, Yogendra Kumar (2003)- Details with keys-

Encyclopaedia of world medicinal plants, Volume 1 By T. Pullaiah (2006)- Details-

Mansfeld's Encyclopedia of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: (Except ... edited by Peter Hanelt, Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (2001)- Details-
There will be a sterile terminal segment on the fruits in Alysicarpus and is lacking in Desmodium. I think this demarcation will make our identification more easier than considering the the floral characters

Alysicarpus : 3 posts by 2 authors.

I have updated eFI (efloraofindia) page on Alysicarpus

Attempts have been made to incorporate most of the species available in India & nearby areas with details & keys directly or through links as far as possible. It’s quite possible that there may be some discrepancy in the accepted names & synonyms taken from other links.

Species discussed so far in efloraofindia are given at the bottom of the page in the form of links against Subpages. On clicking them one can see all the details.

If someone can provide complete list of Indian species with source references it will be wonderful.

Any comments/ corrections are welcome.

I have added the list of species known in India based on Sanjappa (1992).
Thanks, ... Other literature links match with it.

Pl. go through Alysicarpus (‎‎‎‎‎‎‎Fabaceae (Leguminosae)) page with images of species in efloraofindia.

If you find any incorrect identification, pl. let us know. If anybody can send images of other species of this genera (for incorporation in the website), if any, or can identify unidentified images, it will be really nice.

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