Taxon: Alysicarpus vaginalis (L.) DC.

Genus: Alysicarpus
Family: Fabaceae (alt.Leguminosae)
Subfamily: Faboideae
Subtribe: Desmodiinae
Nomen number: 2740
Place of publication: Prodr. 2:353. 1825
Link to protologue:
Name Verified on: 17-Nov-1986 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 23-Aug-1994
Species priority site is: Plant Genetic Resources Conservation Unit, Griffin, GA (S9)
Accessions: 15 in National Plant Germplasm System (GoogleMap)

Common names:

Economic Importance:

  • Environmental: soil improver (fide Mansf Ency)
  • Animal food: fodder (fide Pl Res SEAs 4:42. 1992)
  • Animal food: forage (fide Pl Res SEAs 4:42. 1992)

Distributional Range:


  • Africa

    • East Tropical Africa: Kenya ; Tanzania ; Uganda
    • Northeast Tropical Africa: Sudan ; Yemen Socotra
    • South Tropical Africa: Angola ; Mozambique ; Zambia ; Zimbabwe
    • Southern Africa: South Africa KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga; Swaziland
    • West Tropical Africa: Ghana ; Niger ; Nigeria ; Sierra Leone ; Togo
    • West-Central Tropical Africa: Gabon ; Rwanda ; Sao Tome and Principe ; Zaire
    • Western Indian Ocean: Mauritius ; Reunion
  • Asia-Temperate

    • Arabian Peninsula: Oman ; Yemen
    • Eastern Asia: Japan Ryukyu Islands; Taiwan
  • Asia-Tropical

    • Indian Subcontinent: India ; Pakistan ; Sri Lanka
    • Indo-China: Cambodia ; Laos ; Thailand ; Vietnam
    • Malesia: Indonesia ; Malaysia ; Philippines
    • Papuasia: Papua New Guinea

  • Naturalized

  • Australasia

    • Australia: Australia , Northern Territory, Queensland
  • Northern America

    • United States
  • Southern America

    • South America
    • Central America: Panama

  • Cultivated

  • Asia-Tropical

    • Papuasia: Papua New Guinea
  • Northern America

    • United States


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Check other web resources for Alysicarpus vaginalis (L.) DC. :


  • Seed: U.S. National Seed Herbarium image