Uraria picta (Jacq.) DC.

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Uraria picta

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nhambita near Gorongosa National Park.

Uraria picta

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nhambita near Gorongosa National Park.

Uraria picta

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nhambita near Gorongosa National Park.

Uraria picta

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nhambita near Gorongosa National Park.

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Synonyms: Hedysarum pictum Jacq.
Common names:
Frequency: Rare
Status: Native
Description:
Tall perennial herb, up to 1.8 m tall. Stems with short, rough hairs. Leaves imparipinnate with 5-9 leaflets (lowermost leaves often 1-3-foliolate); leaflets narrowly lanceolate, 7-25 cm long (lowermost smaller), often variegated, shiny and hairless above, rough hairy below; margins entire. Inflorescence a long terminal densely many-flowered spike-like raceme, up to 55 cm long, covered in long whitish hairs. Flowers pink, bluish or reddish. Fruit 5-9 mm long, folded into 3-6 segments, brown to black, turning greyish-white when old.
Notes: Although a widespread species, very few specimens from the region, are present in herbaria. The only record for Zimbabwe is that of Alistair Hull, the details of which are set out in Note 7.
Derivation of specific name: picta: brilliantly marked, ornamental (in this case referring to the variegated leaves)
Habitat: In floodplains and marshy areas in woodland and grasslands.
Altitude range: (metres) 30 - 2400 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical Africa, Asia and northern Australia.
Zimbabwe distribution: N
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
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Images last updated: Saturday 11 October 2008
Literature:

Verdcourt, B. (2000). Papilionoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(6) Pages 34 - 35. (Includes a picture).


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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Uraria picta
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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: Uraria picta.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=131010, retrieved 26 July 2016

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