Desmodium barbatum (L.) Benth.
var. dimorphum (Welw. ex Baker) B.G. Schub.

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Desmodium barbatum var. dimorphum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cleveland Dam nr dam wall

Desmodium barbatum var. dimorphum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cleveland Dam, nr dam wall

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Synonyms:
Common names: Chinzungunzungu (Shona) Hazviere (Shona) Zanzi (Shona)
Frequency: Common
Status: Native
Description:
Erect or procumbent perennial herb. Leaves simple or 3-foliolate, often on the same plant. Leaflets elliptic-oblong to ovate. All parts densely hairy. Inflorescences terminal and axillary. Flowers deflexed on long pedicels, blue to mauve, often with darker purple spots inside. Fruits in 3-6 articles; margin straight on one side, curved on the other.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: barbatum: with tufts of hairs, bearded
Habitat: In grassland, woodland, in sandy soil along roadsides, and in old cultivation.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1900 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Angola, Botswana, Nigeria, Cameroon, DRC, Burundi, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Madagascar.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Literature:

Drummond, R.B. (1972). A list of Rhodesian Legumes. Kirkia 8(2) Page 219.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 64.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Pages 97 - 98.


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Flora of Botswana: Desmodium barbatum var. dimorphum
Flora of Malawi: Desmodium barbatum var. dimorphum
Flora of Mozambique: Desmodium barbatum var. dimorphum
Flora of Zambia: Desmodium barbatum var. dimorphum

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African Plant Database: Desmodium barbatum
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Flora Zambesiaca web site: Desmodium barbatum
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Desmodium barbatum
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Desmodium barbatum
Ispot Southern Africa : Desmodium barbatum
JSTOR Plant Science: Desmodium barbatum
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Desmodium barbatum
Tropicos: Desmodium barbatum
West African Plants database: Desmodium barbatum


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: Desmodium barbatum var. dimorphum.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=130790, retrieved 27 May 2016

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