Invasive Alien Species

Species Name: Aeschynomene indica

Family Name:

Aeschynomene aspera (non L.) Hassk.




Perennial, erect, strongly branched sub-shrub, often woody at the base, 500-200 cm tall. Stem branched, often woody at the base, glabrous or with scattered glandular hairs; stipules lanceolate, deciduous, 1 cm long. Leaves alternate, even-pinnate, 3-8 cm long, rachis 4-14 cm long; leaflet numerous, linear or oblong, about 5 mm long. Inflorescence, papilionate,  axillary racemes, 1-4 flowers; peduncle 3-8 cm long; bracts ovate-oblong, sharply serrate, 1.5-4 mm long; pedicel 1.5-6 mm long, corolla yellow, often suffused with purple, 8-10 mm long. Fruit a pod linear-oblong, straight or slightly curved up to 5 cm long, about 4 mm wide with 5-13 joints; seeds brown to black, shiny, oblong-kidney shape,  3-3.5 mm long

Invaded Habitat:

Rice fields


Throughout Indonesia


In flooded or seasonally wet situations, from 0-1000 m altitude

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