Erect perennial herb, 7 to 40 cm, growing from a woody rootstock, or a series of small tubers. Stems covered in short hairs, mixed with longer glandular hairs. Leaves 1-foliolate, more or less broadly ovate to almost round, more or less velvety on both surfaces, many of the hairs yellowish and glandular based, venation prominent below, often reddish-brown. Flowers in terminal and axillary racemes on a long, glandular hairy peduncle. Standard dark blackish purple-brown outside, creamy-pink with darker reddish-purple lines inside; keel creamy, sometimes tipped with red. Pods c. 1.2 × 9 mm, obliquely oblong, covered in short and long hairs and sparse glands.
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: Eriosema chrysadenium var. chrysadenium. http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=131980, retrieved 23 October 2016