Revision of Genus Alysicarpus Neck ex Desv. (Fabaceae) in India: A Monographic Approach


Series: Plant Science Research and Practices

BISAC: SCI011000

This book is the outcome of intensive and extensive studies persistently carried out for more than two decades both in fields of more than 8 states of maximum occurrence of species and almost all herbaria in India. Studies were also carried out in leading herbaria like Kew herbarium, Rijksharbarium Leiden, BGBM herbarium Berlin, CANB Canberra, Beijing etc.

In this book, more than 10 parameters of studies are dealt with for the first time. Additionally, about 5 parameters, which previously had very little information, are provided with additional data. Thus, sufficient data on more than 15 parameters is available in the book.

Another significant feature of this book is the incorporation of numerous photo plates, illustrations and tables for in-depth understanding of the genus in general. These also help in clearing up ambiguities that prevailed in earlier literature. Of particular note are photo plates of 27 taxa that provide visual aids which will help for identifying species as these photo plates depict the most representative live specimens.

In view of bringing out delimitation of the variations under subspecific categories, 65 forms have been recognized which will help in further delimitations of taxa. These forms are provided with line drawings and for forms of a species, characters are provided in comparative tables. This helps to easily distinguish each form.
A new classification for the genus is proposed which not only makes identification easy but is based on phylogeny of the genus based on mostly morphological features. This phylogenetic analysis is almost identical to molecular phylogeny.

Relationships of species and evolutionary trends of genus are correlated and diagrammatic representation of the phylogenetic tree is provided in the concluding chapter. For easy identification an artificial bracketed key is provided. Since many species have varying time periods ranging from two to four weeks, a key based on vegetative and flowering characters is provided for tentative identification as an appendix.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

List of Plates

List of Tables



About the Author

About Contributors


Chapter 1. Introduction

Chapter 2. Historical Account

Chapter 3. Morphology

Chapter 4. Other Parameters

Chapter 5. Distribution and Endemism

Chapter 6. Taxonomic Account

Chapter 7. Taxonomic Treatment

Chapter 8. Excluded Species and Varieties

Chapter 9. Evolutionary Trends and Relationships of Taxa


References and Bibliography



“This book is the lifetime effort of Dr. Dileep Pokle. It covers 27 taxa occurring in India. He left no stone unturned in this book. Alysicarpus is a genus with numerous variations which poses problems for fixing the species delimitation. This book addresses many of the issues of identification and helps to come to a precise conclusion. The book has excellent photo plates of species and the good quality line drawings are very helpful from a visual point of view for researchers for correct identification. This book deserves appreciation for solving the species complexes of this genus that were enigmatic for a long time. There is no doubt that this book will trigger further research on this genus, bringing out many undescribed species from all over the world.” – Dr. D. Narasimhan, Professor of Botany (Retired)

“This book contains a lot of knowledge accumulated by the author who has been devoted to his research in Alysicarpus for a long time. Morphological characteristics of flowers, fruits and seeds is included, with detailed descriptions for each species with rich illustrations. A new classification system is proposed based on relationships among the species in India based on traditional methods. A further progress of taxonomy of Alysicarpus is expected based on this contribution.” – H. Ohashi, Professor, University of Tokyo (Retired)

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