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.

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
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Pearsonia mesopontica
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Pearsonia mesopontica
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Pearsonia mesopontica
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Pearsonia mesopontica
JSTOR Plant Science: Pearsonia mesopontica
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Pearsonia mesopontica
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Pearsonia mesopontica
Plants of the World Online: Pearsonia mesopontica
The Plant List (version 1.1): Pearsonia mesopontica
Tropicos: Pearsonia mesopontica
Wikipedia: Pearsonia mesopontica

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-20

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2020). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Pearsonia mesopontica., retrieved 31 May 2020

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