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Description: Robust climber or liane, older stems woody. Leaves 3-foliolate; leaflets rhombic or ovate, up to 12 × 11 cm, appressed hairy above, densely silvery velvety below. Inflorescences axillary, pendulous many-flowered racemes, up to 25 cm long; peduncle 15-18 cm long. Calyx velvety and with golden-brown irritant bristles. Flowers greenish-white. Pods up to 13 × 2.5 cm, more or less S-shaped or curved, densely covered in orange-brown, highly irritant bristly hairs, readily dehiscent.
Notes: Note: in flower this taxon is almost indistinguishable from
Mucuna poggei var. pesa, which can be found in similar areas and habitats. In fruit, that species has longer and wider pods, which are indehiscent.
Derivation of specific name:
ferox: very prickly, ferocious
Habitat: In montane evergreen forest margins.
Altitude range: (metres)
1560 - 1680 m
Worldwide distribution: Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species:
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Images last updated: Sunday 12 October 2008
Papilionoideae Mackinder, B. et al. (2001). Flora Zambesiaca 3(5) Pages 17 - 19. (Includes a picture). Comments
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Mucuna ferox Kew Herbarium catalogue
Mucuna ferox Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops
Mucuna ferox The Plant List (version 1.1)
Mucuna ferox Tropicos
Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-17
Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M.
Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Mucuna ferox.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=131530, retrieved 26 February 2017
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