Argyrolobium eylesii Baker f.

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Status: Native
Erect shrubby herb up to 30 cm tall, with few to many stems from a woody taproot. Stems slender, silvery-grey or yellowish hairy. Leaves usually well spaced, 3-foliolate; leaflets elliptic to widely obovate, sparsely densely whitish, greyish or yellowish tomentose on both surfaces; terminal leaflet mostly 1.5–3 times as long as the petiole, 17–33 mm long; petiole 5–15 mm long; stipules sometimes 3 at each node, linear to narrowly triangular, free, 4–6 mm, silvery hairy. Inflorescence leaf-opposed, 1-3-flowered; peduncle 5–70 mm long; bracts linear, 3–6 mm long. Calyx 12–14 mm long, silvery hairy outside, lobes lanceolate. Corolla yellow, turning reddish with age; standard obovate, 13–17 mm long, sparsely to densely silky pubescent outside on the upper half, almost hairless to the base; wings obovate-oblong, 11–13 mm long, with rows of folds between the upper veins, whitish hairy near apex; keel as long as the wings, the petals with a well developed crest towards the base, hairless. Pod oblong, 25–50 mm long, flat, silvery hairy.
Derivation of specific name: eylesii: named after Frederick Eyles (1864 - 1937)
Habitat: Restricted to serpentine, aluminium and chrome soils.
Altitude range: (metres) 1000 - 1300 m
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Worldwide distribution: Only known from Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: W,C,S
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Endemic status: Endemic
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Drummond, R.B. (1972). A list of Rhodesian Legumes. Kirkia 8(2) Page 216.

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 46.

Martins, E.S. et al. (2003). Papilionoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(7) Pages 260 - 261.

Wild, H. (1965). The Flora of the Great Dyke of Southern Rhodesia with special reference to the Serpentine soils. Kirkia 5(1) Page 58.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Argyrolobium eylesii
African Plant Database: Argyrolobium eylesii
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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: Argyrolobium eylesii., retrieved 14 April 2024

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