Aeschynomene indica L.

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Aeschynomene indica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Patrick's island, Katombora, Zambezi

Aeschynomene indica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Patrick's island, Katombora, Zambezi

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Synonyms: Aeschynomene oligantha Welw. ex Baker
Common names:
Status: Native
Erect shrubby annual, up to 2.5 m. Leaves compound with 16-50 leaflets. Leaves sometimes sensitive. Inflorescences leaf-opposed or axillary with 1-6 flowers. Flowers cream to pale yellow with reddish or purple lines, particularly on the outside. Pods 2.5-5 cm long, slightly constricted on one side.
Derivation of specific name: indica: of India
Habitat: In grassland and scrub, usually in very wet places such as floodplains, river edges, pans and swamps.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1200 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution:
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
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Images last updated: Monday 1 January 2007

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

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 61.

Timberlake, J.R. & Childes, S.L. (2004). Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Technical Reviews Volume Two (Chapter 5-15) Appendix 5-1: Plant Checklist Occasional Publications in Biodiversity 15 Page 210.


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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Aeschynomene indica
Tropicos: Aeschynomene indica
West African Plants database: Aeschynomene indica

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: Aeschynomene indica., retrieved 8 February 2016

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