Taxon: Derris elliptica (Wall.) Benth.

Genus: Derris
Family: Fabaceae (alt.Leguminosae)
Subfamily: Faboideae
Tribe: Millettieae
Nomen number: 13545
Place of publication: J. Proc. Linn. Soc., Bot. 4(suppl.):111. 1860
Link to protologue:
Comment: Benth. cited both Pongamia elliptica Wallich (Mar-1832) & Galedupa elliptica Roxb. (Oct-1832)
Name Verified on: 10-Nov-2017 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 10-Nov-2017
Species priority site is:
Accessions: 0 in National Plant Germplasm System

Common names:

Economic Importance:

  • Non-vertebrate poisons: plant pest control (source of insecticide "rotenone" fide Dict Econ Pl; Pl Book)
  • Vertebrate poisons: fish ()

Distributional Range:


  • Asia-Tropical

    • Indian Subcontinent: Bangladesh ; India Assam, Meghalaya, Orissa, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal; Nepal
    • Indo-China: Cambodia ; India Andaman and Nicobar; Laos ; Myanmar ; Thailand
    • Malesia: Malaysia ; Philippines

  • Naturalized

  • Asia-Tropical

    • Malesia: Indonesia Java, Kalimantan, Sumatra
    • Papuasia: Indonesia Irian Jaya; Papua New Guinea
  • Pacific

    • Northwestern Pacific: Micronesia

  • Cultivated

  • Africa

    • East Tropical Africa: Tanzania
    • West-Central Tropical Africa: Zaire
  • Asia-Temperate

    • China: China
  • Asia-Tropical

    • Malesia: Indonesia ; Malaysia ; Philippines


  • Adema, F. 2003. Notes on Malesian Fabaceae (Leguminosae-Papilionoideae) 9. The genus Paraderris (Blumea) 48:137.
  • Duke, J. A. Handbook of legumes of world economic importance. 1981 (Leg WorldEc)
  • Geesink, R. 1984. Scala Millettiearum. A survey of the genera of the tribe Millettieae (Legum.-Pap.) with methodological considerations Leiden Bot. Ser. 8:109.
  • Hanelt, P., ed. Mansfeld's encyclopedia of agricultural and horticultural crops. Volumes 1-6. 2001 (Mansf Ency)
  • Kumar, S & P. V. Sane Legumes of South Asia: a checklist. 2003 (Leg SAsia)
  • Lock, J. M. & C. S. Ford Legumes of Malesia: a checklist. 2004 (Leg Malesia)
  • Mabberley, D. J. The plant-book: a portable dictionary of the vascular plants, ed. 2. 1997 (Pl Book)
  • Rehm, S. Multilingual dictionary of agronomic plants. 1994 (Dict Rehm)
  • Smith, A. C. Flora vitiensis nova. 1979-1991 (F Viti)
  • Thothathri, K. 1984. Studies in Leguminosae XXX - Further contributions to Dalbergia L. f. and Derris Lour. J. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc. 81:238.
  • Thothathri, K. 1976. Studies in Leguminosae Part 24: Notes on the Indo-Burmese species of Derris J. Jap. Bot. 51:148.
  • Thothathri, K. 1982. Leguminosae: Genus - Derris (Fasc F India) 8:16.
  • Uphof, J. C. T. Dictionary of economic plants, ed. 2. 1968 (Dict Econ Pl)
  • Verdcourt, B. A manual of New Guinea legumes. 1979 (Leg New Guinea)
  • Westphal, E. & P. C. M. Jansen, eds. 1989. A selection (Pl Res SEAs) A:112.


Check other web resources for Derris elliptica (Wall.) Benth. :

  • TROPICOS: Nomenclatural and Specimen Database of the Missouri Botanical Garden
  • ILDIS: International Legume Database & Information Service
  • Mansfeld: Mansfeld's World Databas of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops
  • ePIC: Electronic Plant Information Centre of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • AGRICOLA: Article Citation Database or NAL Catalog of USDA's National Agricultural Library
  • Entrez: NCBI's search engine for PubMed citations, GenBank sequences, etc.