Chamaecrista polytricha (Brenan) Lock
var. polytricha

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Chamaecrista polytricha var. polytricha

Photo: Bart Wursten
Plateau above Tsungudzi river, Chimanimani mountains.

Chamaecrista polytricha var. polytricha

Photo: Bart Wursten
Plateau above Tsungudzi river, Chimanimani mountains.

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Synonyms: Cassia polytricha Brenan
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Status: Native
Perennial shrubby herb, stems covered in straight,spreading hairs. Leaves paripinnate, 3.8-6 cm long with 32-60 pairs of leaflets, scattered hairy, mostly on the margins; petiole with a single circular gland. Stipules very narrowly triangular, 12.16 mm long, long acuminate. Inflorescences supra-axillary, 1-3-flowered. Sepals spreading hairy outside. Petals broadly obovate or elliptic, 8-13 mm long, yellow. Stamens 10, 4 longer than the others. Pods 4.5-5 cm long, sparsely hairy.
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Habitat: Grasslands, often montane.
Altitude range: (metres) 400 - 1700 m
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Worldwide distribution: Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
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Brummitt, R.K., Chikuni, A.C., Lock, J.M. & Polhill, R.M. (2007). Leguminosae Subfamily Caesalpinioideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(2) Page 133.

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 13. As Chamaecrista polytricha

Drummond, R.B. (1972). A list of Rhodesian Legumes. Kirkia 8(2) Page 212. as Cassia polytricha polytricha

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 43.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 91. as Chamaecrista polytricha

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 93.

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Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Chamaecrista polytricha var. polytricha
Flora of Malawi: Chamaecrista polytricha var. polytricha
Flora of Mozambique: Chamaecrista polytricha var. polytricha

External websites:

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

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: Species information: Chamaecrista polytricha var. polytricha., retrieved 15 June 2024

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