Cajanus cajan (L.) Millsp.

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Cajanus cajan

Photo: Mark Hyde
Reps Theatre carpark

Cajanus cajan

Photo: Mark Hyde
Reps Theatre carpark

Cajanus cajan

Photo: Mark Hyde
Reps Theatre carpark

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Common names: Pigeon pea (English)
Description: Shrub 1.5-3 m. Stems prominently ribbed. Leaflets green above, silvery grey beneath, acute with small yellow glands and prominent venation beneath. Inflorescence brownish glandular-hairy. Standard bright yellow. Pods shiny, glandular-hairy, constricted between the seeds and slightly inflated.
Notes: Occasionally seen as a planted plant (as in the case of the photographed plants at Reps Theatre). Never seen by me (MAH) as an escape.
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Worldwide distribution: Cultivated throughout the tropics and subtropics for food and widely naturalised.
Growth form(s): Shrub over 2 m.
Insects (whose larvae eat this species): Maruca vitrata (Lace Pearl, Legume podborer)
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Image last updated: Sunday 3 September 2006

Drummond, R.B. (1972). A list of Rhodesian Legumes. Kirkia 8(2) Page 217.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 247.

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Flora of Mozambique: Cajanus cajan
Flora of Mozambique: cultivated Cajanus cajan
Flora of Zambia: Cajanus cajan
Flora of Zimbabwe: Cajanus cajan

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African Plant Database: Cajanus cajan
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Cajanus cajan
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Flora Zambesiaca web site: Cajanus cajan
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Cajanus cajan
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Cajanus cajan
Ispot Southern Africa : Cajanus cajan
JSTOR Plant Science: Cajanus cajan
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Cajanus cajan
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Cajanus cajan
Tropicos: Cajanus cajan
West African Plants database: Cajanus cajan

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated Plants: Species information: Cajanus cajan., retrieved 27 May 2016

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