Pearsonia metallifera Wild

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Pearsonia metallifera

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mtoroshanga Pass, Gt Dyke

Pearsonia metallifera

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mtoroshanga Pass, Gt Dyke

Pearsonia metallifera

Photo: Bart Wursten
Great Dyke, nr Kopje Tops, Mavhuradonha Wilderness Area

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Common names:
Frequency: Very locally common
Status: Native
Bushy perennial up to 1m high, growing from a strong woody rootstock or taproot. Most parts densely silvery hairy. Leaves 3-foliolate; leaflets up to c. 3 × 1.5 cm, elliptic-obovate to oblanceolate; petiole 0.4-1.2 cm long; stipules absent. Flowers yellow, clustered at the ends of branches, sometimes appearing axillary due to very short branchlets. Calyx 1.1-1.4 cm long. Standard 1.4-1.8 cm long, elliptic, pubescent outside. Pod c. 1.8 cm long, narrowly oblong, pointed at the apex, densely silvery-grey velvety.
Notes: Known only from five localities of serpentine soils on the Great Dyke
Derivation of specific name: metallifera, metal-liking; referring to its restriction to the metalliferous soils on the Great Dyke
Habitat: In serpentine grassland
Altitude range: (metres) 1300 - 1480 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Great Dyke, Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,C
Growth form(s):
Endemic status: Endemic
Red data list status: Lower Risk - least concern
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Images last updated: Sunday 15 May 2016

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

Golding, J.S. (ed.) (2002). Zimbabwe Plant Red Data List. Southern African Plant Red Data Lists. SABONET 14 Page 174.

Mapaura, A. (2002). Endemic Plant Species of Zimbabwe. Kirkia 18(1) Page 141.

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 61 - 63. (Includes a picture).

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Pearsonia metallifera
African Plant Database: Pearsonia metallifera
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Pearsonia metallifera
Plants of the World Online: Pearsonia metallifera
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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: Pearsonia metallifera., retrieved 15 April 2024

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