Cryptosepalum maraviense Oliv.

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Cryptosepalum maraviense

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Cryptosepalum maraviense

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Lumangwe falls

Cryptosepalum maraviense

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Mpika-Kasama, just North of Chambeshi Bridge.

Cryptosepalum maraviense

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Kalungwishi Bridge

Cryptosepalum maraviense

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Kalungwishi Bridge

Cryptosepalum maraviense

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Lusaka Province, Chakwenga Source Nyabutaye, 80-mile dambo

Cryptosepalum maraviense

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Common names:
Status: Native
Suffrutex, to 40 cm, with annual stems arising from a thick woody rootstock. Leaves with 3-16 pairs of leaflets: leaflets oblong with an asymmetric base. Inflorescence a single terminal raceme. Bracteoles 5-15 mm, elliptic. Petal 1 (-3). Pod 2.5-5 cm, 1-2-seeded.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: Miombo woodland
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Sep - Nov
Worldwide distribution: From Angola and DRC to Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe distribution: N,E
Growth form(s): Shrub under 2 m.
Endemic status:
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Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 36 - 37. (Includes a picture).

Brummitt, R.K., Chikuni, A.C., Lock, J.M. & Polhill, R.M. (2007). Leguminosae Subfamily Caesalpinioideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(2) Pages 70 - 75. (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 121. (Includes a picture).

Drummond, R.B. (1972). A list of Rhodesian Legumes. Kirkia 8(2) Page 213.


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West African Plants database: Cryptosepalum maraviense

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: Cryptosepalum maraviense., retrieved 8 December 2016

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