Lotus wildii J.B. Gillett

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Lotus wildii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nr summit of Mt Nyangani

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Synonyms: Lotus discolor subsp. discolor sensu Goodier & Phipps
Common names:
Frequency: Locally frequent
Status: Native
Description:
Perennial subshrub up to c. 60 cm tall, growing from a woody rootstock. Stems erect or sometimes procumbent stems with more or less appressed whitish to yellowish hairs when young. Leaves 5-foliolate; leaflets oblong-elliptic to obovate, up to 15 mm long; basal leaflets shorter than apical and lateral leaflets, pubescent on both surfaces. Flowers in 3-7-flowered umbels; peduncle 10-65 mm long, usually with a 3-foliolate leaf. Corolla white or cream, rarely pale mauve; standard with purple-red veining. Pods up to 28 mm long, reddish-brown to greyish-brown.
Notes: Not recorded in Kirkia 18-1 (Mapaura 2002) but should be considered a Near Endemic.
Derivation of specific name: wildii: for Professor Hiram Wild (1917-1982), former Head of the National Herbarium (SRGH), taxonomist and avid collector.
Habitat: In montane grassland.
Altitude range: (metres) 1500 - 2590 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Border Highlands of Zimbabwe and Mozambique including Mt Gorongosa.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s):
Endemic status: Near Endemic
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Images last updated: Friday 4 March 2016
Literature:

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 70. as Lotus discolor

Drummond, R.B. (1972). A list of Rhodesian Legumes. Kirkia 8(2) Page 223.

Goodier, R. & Phipps, J.B. (1961). A revised checklist of the vascular plants of the Chimanimani Mountains Kirkia 1 Page 56.

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 49.

Martins, E.S. et al. (2003). Papilionoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(7) Pages 4 - 6. (Includes a picture).


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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: Lotus wildii.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=128570, retrieved 27 August 2016

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