3528.030 Tylosema Torre & Hillc.

Description of the genus

Stems arising from a large underground tuber, prostrate and trailing or sometimes climbing. Tendrils present, forked. Leaves simple, 2-lobed. Inflorescence a lateral raceme. Flowers bisexual, yellow. Calyx 5-lobed, the upper 2 lobes ± fused, the others free. Petals 5; upper one smaller than the rest. Fertile stamens 2; other 7-8 staminodes. Style elongate. Pods dehiscent or indehiscent, woody, 1-2-seeded.

Derivation of name: Tylosema: refers to the torulose (beaded) seed

Worldwide: 4 species of eastern and central tropical Africa south to South Africa

Zimbabwe: 2 taxa.

Tylosema fassoglense

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
esculentum (Burch.) SchreiberWDescription
fassoglense (Kotschy ex Schweinf.) Torre & Hillc.N,W,C,E,SDescription, Image

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Flora of Botswana: Tylosema
Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Tylosema
Flora of Malawi: Tylosema
Flora of Mozambique: Tylosema
Flora of Zambia: Tylosema

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Tylosema
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Tylosema
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iNaturalist: Tylosema
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Tylosema
JSTOR Plant Science: Tylosema
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Tylosema
Plants of the World Online: Tylosema
Tropicos: Tylosema
Wikipedia: Tylosema

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Genus page: Tylosema.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=691, retrieved 26 May 2024

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