Decorsea schlechteri (Harms) Verdc.

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Decorsea schlechteri

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Umguza Nature Reserve, Bulawayo

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Synonyms: Dolichos schlechteri Harms ex Burtt Davy
Common names: Kanyanguwe (Tonga: Zimbabwe) Lisili (Hlengwe)
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Perennial twining herb. Stems, slender, up to 3 m long. Leaves 3-foliolate; leaflets rhombic-lanceolate to triangular-ovate, up to 7.5 × 3.5 cm, with scattered short bristly hairs on both surfaces; lateral leaflets markedly asymmetrical falcate. Inflorescences often on leafless shoots. Flowers pale blue-violet, standard often tinged greenish-yellow. Pods linear, 7.5-12.5 cm long, curved at the tip, hairless.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: schlechteri: named after Friedrich Schlechter (1872-1925), German botanist and traveller.
Habitat: In hot and dry deciduous woodland and scrub, on stony slopes and hillsides.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1200 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe and North West, Limpopo, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
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Images last updated: Monday 15 February 2016
Literature:

Drummond, R.B. (1972). A list of Rhodesian Legumes. Kirkia 8(2) Page 219.

Mackinder, B. et al. (2001). Papilionoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(5) Pages 157 - 159. (Includes a picture).

Pickering, H. & Roe, E. (2009). Wild Flowers of the Victoria Falls Area Helen Pickering, London Page 73. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 64.


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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: Decorsea schlechteri.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=132630, retrieved 26 June 2016

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