Alysicarpus vaginalis (L.) DC.
var. vaginalis

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Alysicarpus vaginalis var. vaginalis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chitengo Camp, Gorongosa National Park

Alysicarpus vaginalis var. vaginalis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chitengo Camp, Gorongosa National Park

Alysicarpus vaginalis var. vaginalis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chitengo Camp, Gorongosa National Park

Alysicarpus vaginalis var. vaginalis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chitengo Camp, Gorongosa National Park

Alysicarpus vaginalis var. vaginalis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chitengo Camp, Gorongosa National Park

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Synonyms: Hedysarum vaginale L.
Common names:
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Erect or spreading procumbent perennial herb, up to 60 cm tall, often woody at the base. Leaves 1-foliolate, up to 6.5 cm long, variable in shape from ovate to oblong-elliptic and nore or less narrowly lanceolate, subcordate at the base, finely hairy with longer hairs above; veining conspicuous on both surfaces; petiole 4-15 mm long. Stipules lanceolate, 7-24 mm long. Inflorescences terminal and leaf-opposed, 2-13 cm long, usually fairly densely flowered. Calyx lobes pubescent. Standard orange, pinkish-buff or purple, often paler than wings and keel; wings mauve, keel magenta, mauve or green with a purple tip. Fruit 1.2-2.5 cm long, well exserted from the calyx, not constricted between the seeds; surface with raised reticulation, velvety.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In floodplain grassland, margins of marshland and sandy flats but also in Acacia and Brachystegia woodland.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1580 m
Flowering time:B
Worldwide distribution: Widespread throughout the Paleotropics.
Zimbabwe distribution: S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Sunday 6 October 2013
Literature:

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

Verdcourt, B. (2000). Papilionoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(6) Pages 36 - 37. (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: Alysicarpus vaginalis var. vaginalis.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=130990, retrieved 1 July 2016

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