Otoptera burchellii DC.

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Otoptera burchellii

Photo: Bart Wursten
By main Harare to Bulawayo Rd, south of Kwekwe

Otoptera burchellii

Photo: Bart Wursten
By main Harare to Bulawayo Rd, south of Kwekwe.

Otoptera burchellii

Photo: Bart Wursten
By main Harare to Bulawayo Rd, south of Kwekwe.

Otoptera burchellii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Close to the lodges, Sinamatella, Hwange NP

Otoptera burchellii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Close to the lodges, Sinamatella, Hwange NP

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Synonyms: Vigna burchellii (DC.) Harv.
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Status: Native
Description:
Perennial herb, often trailing or climbing with hairy stems up to 2 m long, sometimes a spindly small shrub, up to 1 m tall. Branchlets densely pubescent. Leaves 3-foliolate; leaflets lanceolate to ovate, up to 10 × 3.5 cm, blue-green, pointed at the apex with a long mucronate tip; margin entire. Flowers in 2-5-flowered axillary heads on a long peduncle, sweetly scented; standard variable in colour, pink, mauve, blue, violet or red, usually green or yellow at the base. Pod up to 12 × 0.8 cm.
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Habitat: In open and wooded grassland, woodland and Acacia-Terminalia scrub, often on sandy soils.
Altitude range: (metres) 500 - 1400 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe and South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
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Images last updated: Sunday 12 October 2008
Literature:

Drummond, R.B. (1972). A list of Rhodesian Legumes. Kirkia 8(2) Page 224.

Kirby, G. (2013). Wild Flowers of Southeast Botswana Struik Nature, Cape Town South Africa Page 310. (Includes a picture).

Mackinder, B. et al. (2001). Papilionoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(5) Pages 67 - 68. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 70.


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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: Otoptera burchellii.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=132400, retrieved 6 December 2016

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