Pearsonia mesopontica Polhill

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Pearsonia mesopontica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along path to mountain hut on plateau above Bailey's Folly, Chimanimani National Park.

Pearsonia mesopontica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along path to mountain hut on plateau above Bailey's Folly, Chimanimani National Park.

Pearsonia mesopontica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along path to mountain hut on plateau above Bailey's Folly, Chimanimani National Park.

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Frequency: Local
Status: Native
Description:
Perennial herb, growing from a strong taproot. Stems decumbent to spreading, up to 35 cm long, covered in both short appressed and longer spreading hairs. Leaves 3-foliolate; leaflets up to c. 4.7 × 1.2 cm, narrowly elliptic-lanceolate, sub-appressed hairy on both surfaces; petiole 6-10 mm long; stipules 4-11 mm long. Flowers yellow, sometimes with red-brown veining on the standard, solitary, leaf-opposed; peduncle 1.2-3 cm long. Calyx 1.6-2 cm long, covered with short and long hairs. Standard c. 2 cm long, elliptic-obovate, hairy on the outside. Pod c. 3.2 × 0.5 cm, oblong, pointed at the apex, densely velvety.
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Habitat: Montane grassland.
Altitude range: (metres) 1550 - 1750 m
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Worldwide distribution: Chimanimani Mts, Zimbabwe and Mozambique.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
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Endemic status: Near Endemic
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Images last updated: Saturday 2 August 2014
Literature:

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

Martins, E.S. et al. (2003). Papilionoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(7) Pages 57 - 59. (Includes a picture).


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African Plant Database: Pearsonia mesopontica
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Pearsonia mesopontica
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Pearsonia mesopontica
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Pearsonia mesopontica
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Pearsonia mesopontica
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Pearsonia mesopontica
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Pearsonia mesopontica
Ispot Southern Africa : Pearsonia mesopontica
JSTOR Plant Science: Pearsonia mesopontica
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Pearsonia mesopontica
Tropicos: Pearsonia mesopontica
West African Plants database: Pearsonia mesopontica


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: Pearsonia mesopontica.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=127450, retrieved 1 October 2016

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