Macroptilium lathyroides – Phasey Bean

Other notes

Notes: This plant has been recorded as a new larval host for Leptotes plinius – Zebra Blue by Paresh Churi from Bengaluru, Karnataka in 2016.


Identification Keys: As per Flora of Peninsular India (2023),

  1. M. atropurpureum: creeping herb, leaves lobed, flower purple-brown.
  2. M. lathyroides: erect herb, leaves unlobed, flower purple-red.



WFO (2023): World Flora Online. Accessed on 13 Jan 2022. URL:

Flowers of India (2023). Accessed on 13 Jan 2022. URL:

Page citation

Churi, P. and N. Kawthankar. 2024. Macroptilium lathyroides (L.) Urb. – Phasey Bean. In Kunte, K., S. Sondhi, and P. Roy (Chief Editors). Butterflies of India, v. 4.12. Published by the Indian Foundation for Butterflies. URL:, accessed 2024/07/19.