Argyrolobium rupestre (E. Mey.) Walp.
subsp. rupestre

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Argyrolobium rupestre subsp. rupestre

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La Rochelle, kopje behind hotel

Argyrolobium rupestre subsp. rupestre

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cecil Kop Nature Reserve, Mutare

Argyrolobium rupestre subsp. rupestre

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chinyakwaremba, Vumba

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Synonyms: Argyrolobium rhodesicum Baker f.
Chasmone rupestre E. Mey.
Common names:
Frequency: Frequent
Status: Native
Perennial herb, growing from a woody taproot. Stems prostrate, ascending or shortly erect, up to c. 40 cm long, with subappressed or spreading golden-brown or greyish hairs. Leaves 3-foliolate, with leaflets elliptic-lanceolate to ovate- elliptic, silky hairy on both surfaces; terminal leaflet up to c. 3 cm long, mostly 2.5-5 times as long as the petiole. Flowers in leaf-opposed 1-2-flowered inflorescences on 1-4(8) cm long peduncles. Calyx 5-9 mm long, densely hairy; corolla yellow, turning brownish-orange with age; standard up to 13 × 12 mm, densely hairy on the outside. Pods c. 25-40 mm long, oblong, flat, velvety.
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Habitat: Submontane grassland and Miombo woodland.
Altitude range: (metres) 1300 - 1900 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Lesotho and South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: C,E,S
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Images last updated: Saturday 8 October 2011

Drummond, R.B. (1972). A list of Rhodesian Legumes. Kirkia 8(2) Page 216.

Martins, E.S. et al. (2003). Papilionoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(7) Pages 258 - 259.


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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: Argyrolobium rupestre subsp. rupestre., retrieved 23 October 2016

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