Ptycholobium contortum (N.E. Br.) Brummitt

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Ptycholobium contortum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Shashe Wilderness Camp, Shashe River

Ptycholobium contortum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Shashe Wilderness Camp, Shashe River

Ptycholobium contortum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Shashe Wilderness Camp, Shashe River

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Synonyms: Sylitra contorta (N.E. Br.) Baker f.
Tephrosia contorta N.E. Br.
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Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Shrubby perennial herb, up to c. 40 cm tall. Young stems with appressed whitish hairs. Leaves mostly 3-foliolate, occasional leaves 1-foliolate; leaflets, more or less narrowly oblanceolate, 15-40 mm long, bluish-green, hairless above, densely appressed hairy below; apex mucronate; margin entire. Flowers in 2-6-flowered axillary clusters, blue to purple with a yellow centre, rarely all yellow. Pods strongly coiled and twisted, 4-6 mm wide, densely covered in greyish hairs.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: contortum: contorted, twisted, referring to the pods.
Habitat: In dry mopane or Acacia-Terminalia woodland, sandy grassland or in alluvial soils near riverbeds.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Botswana, Zimbabwe and Limpopo, South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: E,S
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Images last updated: Sunday 12 October 2008
Literature:

Brummitt, R.K., Harder, D.K., Lewis, G.P., Lock, J.M., Polhill, R.M. and Verdcourt, B. (2007). Leguminosae Subfamily Papilionoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(3) Pages 207 - 208. (Includes a picture).

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

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 71.


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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: Ptycholobium contortum.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=129550, retrieved 1 October 2016

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