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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: 15 (0 active, 0 available) in National Plant Germplasm System


Common names:

Economic Importance:

  • Non-vertebrate poisons: plant pest control; plant pest control (source of insecticide "rotenone"); plant pest control
  • Vertebrate poisons: fish

Distributional Range:


    • 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



    • CHINA: China (s.)

    • MALESIA: Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines


    • PAPUASIA: Indonesia, [Irian Jaya] Papua New Guinea
    • MALESIA: Indonesia [Java, Kalimantan, Sumatra]



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  2. Duke, J. A. Handbook of legumes of world economic importance. 1981 (Leg WorldEc)
  3. Geesink, R. 1984. Scala Millettiearum. A survey of the genera of the tribe Millettieae (Legum.-Pap.) with methodological considerations Leiden Bot. Ser. 8:109.
  4. Hanelt, P., ed. Mansfeld's encyclopedia of agricultural and horticultural crops. Volumes 1-6. 2001 (Mansf Ency)
  5. Kumar, S & P. V. Sane Legumes of South Asia: a checklist. (Leg SAsia)
  6. Lock, J. M. & C. S. Ford Legumes of Malesia: a checklist. 2004 (Leg Malesia)
  7. Mabberley, D. J. The plant-book: a portable dictionary of the vascular plants, ed. 2. 1997 (Pl Book)
  8. Rehm, S. Multilingual dictionary of agronomic plants. 1994 (Dict Rehm)
  9. Smith, A. C. Flora vitiensis nova. (F Viti)
  10. Thothathri, K. 1984. Studies in Leguminosae XXX - Further contributions to Dalbergia L. f. and Derris Lour. J. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc. 81:238.
  11. Thothathri, K. 1976. Studies in Leguminosae Part 24: Notes on the Indo-Burmese species of Derris J. Jap. Bot. 51:148.
  12. Thothathri, K. 1982. Leguminosae: Genus - Derris (Fasc F India) 8:16.
  13. Uphof, J. C. T. Dictionary of economic plants, ed. 2. (Dict Econ Pl)
  14. Verdcourt, B. A manual of New Guinea legumes. (Leg New Guinea)
  15. 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.
  • PubAg: USDA's National Agricultural Library database of full-text journal articles and citations on the agricultural sciences.

Cite as: USDA, Agricultural Research Service, National Plant Germplasm System. 2019. Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN-Taxonomy).
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland. URL: https://npgsweb.ars-grin.gov/gringlobal/taxonomydetail.aspx?id=13545. Accessed 18 March 2019.