Rhynchosia insignis (O. Hoffm) R.E. Fr.

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Rhynchosia insignis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Shenstone, Mt Hampden

Rhynchosia insignis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Shenstone, Mt Hampden

Rhynchosia insignis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Shenstone, Mt Hampden

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Synonyms: Eriosema insigne O. Hoffm.
Eriosema randii Baker f. & Haydon
Rhynchosia subaphylla Baker f.
Common names:
Status: Native
Erect, very sticky glandular, perennial herb growing from a woody rootstock. Stems several, branching near the base, up to 90 cm, more or less velvety pubescent with longer yellowish glandular hairs. Leaves 1-3 foliolate; leaflets round, ovate or elliptic to lanceolate, 1.5-9 cm long, pubescent to velvety on both surfaces. Flowers in lax racemes, usually appearing when the plant is almost leafless. Standard deep yellow, veined purple and often drying entirely purple outside. Pods sickly-shaped, 20-26 mm long, greenish, heavily veined and blotched purple, pubescent with numerous glandular based hairs.
Derivation of specific name: insignis: handsome, decorative
Habitat: In grassland and woodland, often in rocky places, conspicuous after grass fires.
Altitude range: (metres) 1100 - 1875 m
Flowering time:Sep - Oct
Worldwide distribution: Angola, DRC (Katanga), Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe distribution: N,C,E
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Images last updated: Sunday 21 January 2007

Drummond, R.B. (1972). A list of Rhodesian Legumes. Kirkia 8(2) Page 226.


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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: Rhynchosia insignis.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=131740, retrieved 24 May 2016

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