Argyrolobium tomentosum (Andrews) Druce

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Argyrolobium tomentosum

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Lemon Kop, Chimanimani

Argyrolobium tomentosum

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Vumba road at 28 km cattle grid

Argyrolobium tomentosum

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Slopes of Castle Beacon, Vumba

Argyrolobium tomentosum

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Close to Inyangombe Falls

Argyrolobium tomentosum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Close to Inyangombe Falls

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Synonyms: Argyrolobium andrewsianum (E. Mey.) Steud.
Argyrolobium shirense Taub.
Cytisus tomentosus Andrews
Common names:
Frequency: Locally frequent
Status: Native
Erect or scrambling small shrub, up to 2 m tall. Stems with appressed or spreading hairs. Leaves 3-foliolate, with leaflets elliptic-lanceolate, sparsely woolly above, more densely so beneath. Inflorescences leaf-opposed, 8-32-flowered, sometimes fairly lax and elongated but often compact and short; peduncles 2-10 cm long. Flowers, yellow, turning orange-red with age; standard hairy on the outside. Pods c. 3-6 cm long, oblong, slightly curved.
Derivation of specific name: tomentosum: tomentose, densely woolly
Habitat: On rocky slopes in Brachystegia woodland, along forest margins, in moist grassland, and along the margins of rivers and vleis.
Altitude range: (metres) 600 - 1800 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: north-eastern DRC, Uganda, southern Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa as far as the Eastern Cape.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
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Images last updated: Tuesday 21 July 2015

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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 tomentosum., retrieved 28 October 2016

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