Vigna frutescens A. Rich.
subsp. frutescens
var. frutescens

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Vigna frutescens subsp. frutescens var. frutescens

Photo: Bart Wursten
Goldenstairs Road, Thornpark Estate

Vigna frutescens subsp. frutescens var. frutescens

Photo: Bart Wursten
Goldenstairs Road, Thornpark Estate

Vigna frutescens subsp. frutescens var. frutescens

Photo: Bart Wursten
Goldenstairs Road, Thornpark Estate

Vigna frutescens subsp. frutescens var. frutescens

Photo: Bart Wursten
Goldenstairs Road, Thornpark Estate

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Synonyms: Vigna esculenta (De Wild.) De Wild.
Common names:
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Perennial prostrate or climbing herb, growing from a woody rootstock. Usually short erect stems appear first after burning of the grassland, sometimes flowering before the leaves appear. Leaves 3-foliolate; leaflets ovate-oblong to rhombic, up to 4 cm long, sometimes 3-lobed, sparsely to densely pubescent. Flowers mauve to lilac, darker in the centre with or without a yellow spot at the base of the standard. Fruit 8-11 cm long, linear-cylindric, almost straight with a curved beak.
Notes: Note: Similar to V. antunesii which can be distinguished by its keel facing distinctly to one side, giving the flower an asymmetrical appearance. It also has bright pink flowers and the leaves never appear before the flowering is finished.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: Occurring in seasonally burnt grassland and woodland.
Altitude range: (metres) 500 - 2200 m
Flowering time:Aug - Sep
Worldwide distribution:
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s): Climber, perennial, shrub over 2 m.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species:
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Images last updated: Wednesday 11 March 2009
Literature:

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 171.

Drummond, R.B. (1972). A list of Rhodesian Legumes. Kirkia 8(2) Page 228. as Vigna frutescens

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

Mackinder, B. et al. (2001). Papilionoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(5) Pages 136 - 138.

Plowes, D.C.H. & Drummond, R.B. (1990). Wild Flowers of Zimbabwe. Revised edition. Longman, Zimbabwe. No. 62, plate 87

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 73.


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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: Vigna frutescens subsp. frutescens var. frutescens.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=132190, retrieved 28 August 2016

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