Pearsonia aristata (Schinz) Dummer

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Pearsonia aristata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Rd to Bridal Veil Falls, Chimanimani

Pearsonia aristata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Rd to Bridal Veil Falls, Chimanimani

Pearsonia aristata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Rd to Bridal Veil Falls, Chimanimani

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Synonyms: var. gazensis (Baker f.) Dummer
Lotononis aristata Schinz var. gazensis Baker f.
Pearsonia sp. no. 1 (Cookson 6)
Common names:
Status: Native
Erect, spreading or sometimes prostrate perennial herb. Stems numerous, branched, up to 1.5 m long, more or less densely covered in appressed to spreading hairs. Leaves 3-foliolate, somewhat leathery; leaflets oblanceolate-elliptic, up to 30 mm, hairy when young only; margin entire often thickened. Flowers in lax clusters at the ends of main and short lateral branches, bright yellow, fading to orange. Pods 2-3 cm, narrowly oblong, pointed, straight or slightly curved, pubescent.
Derivation of specific name: aristata: bearing a long bristle-like point; aristate
Habitat: In montane grassland and Miombo woodland, often in steep rocky places.
Altitude range: (metres) 1450 - 2100 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Eastern Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Northern Province, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s): Perennial.
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Sunday 21 January 2007

Drummond, R.B. (1972). A list of Rhodesian Legumes. Kirkia 8(2) Page 225. also as Pearsonia sp 1

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 244.

Martins, E.S. et al. (2003). Papilionoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(7) Pages 61 - 62. (Includes a picture).


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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Pearsonia aristata
African Plant Database: Pearsonia aristata
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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Pearsonia aristata
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Pearsonia aristata
The Plant List (version 1.1): Pearsonia aristata
Tropicos: Pearsonia aristata

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-17

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2017). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Pearsonia aristata., retrieved 20 February 2017

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