Abrus schimperi Hochst. ex Baker
subsp. oblongus Verdc.

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Abrus schimperi subsp. oblongus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mazowe River, Maramba CL

Abrus schimperi subsp. oblongus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mazowe River, Maramba CL

Abrus schimperi subsp. oblongus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mazowe River, Maramba CL

Abrus schimperi subsp. oblongus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mazowe River, Maramba CL

Abrus schimperi subsp. oblongus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mazowe River, Maramba CL

Abrus schimperi subsp. oblongus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mazowe River, Maramba CL

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Status: Native
Description:
Woody shrub up to c. 3.5 m tall. Leaves with 10-17 pairs of leaflets; leaflets oblong. Inflorescences terminal and in the upper axils, 2-8 cm long, not more than 1.5 times the length of the subtending leaves. Corolla cream, yellow, pale purple, mauve, blue or light violet, wings usually darker than the standard, 8-14 mm long. Pods oblong to oblanceolate, 5.4-8 cm long, somewhat woody and inconspicuously tuberculate.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: schimperi: named after Wilhelm Schimper, explorer and collector, particularly in Ethiopia.
Habitat: On stony river banks, hill slopes and in riverine thickets.
Altitude range: (metres) 600 - 1250 m
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Worldwide distribution: This subspecies only known from Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,E,S
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Images last updated: Monday 29 February 2016
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 213 - 215.

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

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 247.

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 46.


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Flora of Malawi: Abrus schimperi subsp. oblongus
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Flora Zambesiaca web site: Abrus schimperi
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Abrus schimperi
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JSTOR Plant Science: Abrus schimperi
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Abrus schimperi
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West African Plants database: Abrus schimperi


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: Abrus schimperi subsp. oblongus.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=131300, retrieved 27 May 2016

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