3897.000 Rhynchosia Lour.

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

Description of the genus

Climbing or prostrate, rarely erect, herbs or subshrubs. Stipules present. Leaves 1-or 3-foliolate; leaflets usually with conspicuous resinous gland-dots beneath. Flowers spreading. Calyx 5-lobed, lobes unequal, the upper pair ± joined. Corolla frequently yellow, lined with brownish-purple. Ovary (1-)2-ovulate. Pods 3-4 × as long as broad, almost circular to narrowly oblong, flattened, often falcate, frequently glandular and velvety. Seeds flattened-spherical or subreniform; funicle inserted at middle of the circular hilum.

Derivation of name: Gk. rhynchos, a beak, snout or horn, referring to the keel of the flowers

Worldwide: c. 300 species, tropics

Zimbabwe: 34 taxa.

Insects associated with this genus:
Leptotes group (Blues) Food plant
Rhynchosia monophylla

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

SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
albissima Gand.E,S
buchananii HarmsN,C,EDescription
caribaea (Jacq.) DC. var. caribaea W,E,S
castroi Baker f.C
chimanimaniensis Verdc.[NrEnd]EDescription, Image
clivorum S. Moore subsp. pycnantha (Harms) Verdc.W,E,SDescription, Image
densiflora (Roth) DC. subsp. chrysadenia (Taub.) Verdc.W,C,S
divaricata BakerE,SDescription, Image
fleckii SchinzW,S
goetzei HarmsE
hirta (Andrews) Meikle & Verdc.C,E,SDescription, Image
holosericea SchinzW
holstii HarmsE
insignis (O. Hoffm) R.E. Fr.N,C,EDescription, Image
luteola (Hiern) K. Schum. var. luteola E
malacophylla (Spreng.) BojerS
minima (L.) DC. var. minima N,W,C,E,S
minima (L.) DC. var. prostrata (Harv.) MeikleN,W,C,E,S
minima (L.) DC.[Agg]N,W,C,E,SDescription, Image
monophylla Schltr.N,C,E,SDescription, Image
nervosa Benth. ex Harv.C
nyasica BakerN,W,C
procurrens (Hiern) K. Schum. subsp. floribunda (Baker) Verdc.N,W,C,S
resinosa (Hochst. ex A. Rich.) BakerN,W,C,E,SDescription, Image
sordida (E. Mey.) SchinzE,S
stipata Meikle[NrEnd][LR-nt]EDescription, Image
stipitata Verdc.N,WDescription, Image
sublobata (Schumach. & Thonn.) MeikleN,W,E,SDescription, Image
swynnertonii Baker f.[NrEnd]E
totta (Thunb.) DC. var. totta W,E
totta (Thunb.) DC. var. elongatifolia Verdc.[End][DD]N,C,E,SDescription, Image
totta (Thunb.) DC. var. fenchelii SchinzN,W,C,E,SDescription
tricuspidata Baker f. subsp. tricuspidata C,E
wildii Verdc.NImage

Other sources of information about Rhynchosia:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Rhynchosia
Flora of Caprivi: Rhynchosia
Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Rhynchosia
Flora of Malawi: Rhynchosia
Flora of Mozambique: Rhynchosia
Flora of Zambia: Rhynchosia
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Rhynchosia

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Rhynchosia
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Rhynchosia
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Rhynchosia
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Rhynchosia
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Rhynchosia
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Rhynchosia
JSTOR Plant Science: Rhynchosia
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Rhynchosia
Plants of the World Online: Rhynchosia
Tropicos: Rhynchosia
Wikipedia: Rhynchosia

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: Genus page: Rhynchosia.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=770, retrieved 11 December 2023

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