Pearsonia mesopontica Polhill

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Pearsonia mesopontica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along path to mountain hut on plateau above Bailey's Folly, Chimanimani National Park.

Pearsonia mesopontica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along path to mountain hut on plateau above Bailey's Folly, Chimanimani National Park.

Pearsonia mesopontica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along path to mountain hut on plateau above Bailey's Folly, Chimanimani National Park.

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Common names:
Frequency: Local
Status: Native
Perennial herb, growing from a strong taproot. Stems decumbent to spreading, up to 35 cm long, covered in both short appressed and longer spreading hairs. Leaves 3-foliolate; leaflets up to c. 4.7 × 1.2 cm, narrowly elliptic-lanceolate, sub-appressed hairy on both surfaces; petiole 6-10 mm long; stipules 4-11 mm long. Flowers yellow, sometimes with red-brown veining on the standard, solitary, leaf-opposed; peduncle 1.2-3 cm long. Calyx 1.6-2 cm long, covered with short and long hairs. Standard c. 2 cm long, elliptic-obovate, hairy on the outside. Pod c. 3.2 × 0.5 cm, oblong, pointed at the apex, densely velvety.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: Montane grassland.
Altitude range: (metres) 1550 - 1750 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Chimanimani Mts, Zimbabwe and Mozambique.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s):
Endemic status: Near Endemic
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Images last updated: Saturday 2 August 2014

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 43.

Darbyshire, I., Timberlake, J., Osborne, J., Rokni, S., Matimele, H., Langa. C., Datizua, C., de Sousa, C., Alves, T., Massingue, A., Hadj-Hammou, J., Dhanda, S., Shah, T., Wursten, B. (2019). The endemic plants of Mozambique: diversity and conservation status Phytotaxa 136 Page 86.

Drummond, R.B. (1972). A list of Rhodesian Legumes. Kirkia 8(2) Page 225. as Pearsonia sp 2

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 50.

Martins, E.S. et al. (2003). Papilionoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(7) Pages 57 - 59. (Includes a picture).

Timberlake, J., Darbyshire, I., Wursten, B., Hadj-Hammou, J., Ballings, P., Mapaura, A., Matimele, H., Banze, A., Chipanga, H., Muassinar, D., Massunde, J., Chelene, I., Osborne, J., Shah, T. (2016). Chimanimani Mountains: Botany and Conservation. Report produced under CEPF Grant 63512. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London. Page 47.

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 94.

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

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: Species information: Pearsonia mesopontica., retrieved 23 September 2023

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