3901.010 Macroptilium (Benth.) Urb.

Mackinder, B. et al. (2001) Papilionoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(5)

Description of the genus

Herbs, with (in ours) trailing, prostrate stems. Leaves pinnately 3-foliolate. Inflorescences axillary, of false racemes. Keel incurved; wings round, large, longer than standard and keel. Style with upper part thickened and characteristically abruptly curved through 90° just above its junction with the tenuous part and narrowed and slightly curved towards the apex, resembling a squarish hook. Pod linear.

Worldwide: c. 20 species in America; two widely cultivated (M. lathyroides (L.) Urb. and M. atropurpureum).

Zimbabwe: 2 cultivated taxa.

No image of a cultivated species but there is an image of a native or naturalised species

Links to cultivated taxa    View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this genus

atropurpureum (Moç. & Sessé ex DC.) Urb.Description, Image
lathyroides (L.) Urb.

Other sources of information about Macroptilium:

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Flora of Botswana: Macroptilium
Flora of Malawi: cultivated Macroptilium
Flora of Mozambique: Macroptilium
Flora of Zambia: cultivated Macroptilium
Flora of Zimbabwe: Macroptilium

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Macroptilium
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Macroptilium
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Macroptilium
Wikipedia: Macroptilium
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Macroptilium
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Macroptilium

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: genus page: Macroptilium.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/genus.php?genus_id=775, retrieved 24 March 2023

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