Maerua triphylla A. Rich.
subsp. pubescens (Klotzsch) DeWolf

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Maerua triphylla subsp. pubescens

Photo: Bart Wursten
Kutsaga

Maerua triphylla subsp. pubescens

Photo: Bart Wursten
Kutsaga

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Synonyms: Maerua pubescens (Klotzsch) Gilg
Common names: Small bead-bean (English)
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Usually a much-branched scrambling shrub but occasionally a small tree. Leaves 3-foliolate with elliptic leaflets, the terminal leaflet about twice the size of the lateral leaflets; apex rounded or often notched. Flowers in short terminal or axillary heads; sepals green; petals white; stamens 12-16 (fewer than other species of Maerua), c. 2 cm long. Fruit bean-like, cylindric, up to 10 cm, somewhat constricted between the seeds.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: triphylla: with 3 leaflets
Habitat: In woodland, often on termite mounds.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Sep - Nov
Worldwide distribution:
Zimbabwe distribution: N,C,E,S
Growth form(s): Climber, tree, shrub over 2 m.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
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Images last updated: Monday 1 January 2007
Literature:

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 238.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 65. as Maerua pubescens


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Flora of Malawi: Maerua triphylla subsp. pubescens
Flora of Mozambique: Maerua triphylla subsp. pubescens
Flora of Zambia: Maerua triphylla subsp. pubescens

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African Plant Database: Maerua triphylla
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Flora Zambesiaca web site: Maerua triphylla
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Maerua triphylla
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Maerua triphylla
Ispot Southern Africa : Maerua triphylla
JSTOR Plant Science: Maerua triphylla
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Maerua triphylla
Tropicos: Maerua triphylla
West African Plants database: Maerua triphylla


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: Species information: Maerua triphylla subsp. pubescens.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=124700, retrieved 28 May 2016

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