Argyrolobium harveyanum Oliv.

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Synonyms: Argyrolobium uniflorum Harv.
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Status: Native
Slender herb with simple or few-branched, erect or ascending stems, up to c. 40 cm high, growing from a small tuberous rootstock or slender rhizome. Leaves very widely spaced, 3-foliolate; leaflets of lower leaves narrowly elliptic, 8–20 mm long, those of upper leaves oblanceolate to linear, 15–27 mm long, appressed pubescent; petiole absent or up to 1.5 mm long; stipules 2–6 mm long, subulate, decurrent on the stem as a ridge. Inflorescence leaf-opposed, sessile or very shortly pedunculate, 1–2-flowered. Calyx 9–10 mm long, silvery hairy. Corolla bright yellow; standard obovate, 11–12 mm long, deeply emarginate at apex, with wavy or crisped margins, silvery hairy outside; wings obovate, c. 8 mm long, asymmetrical at the base, with rows of folds between the upper veins, hairless; keel as long as the wings, curved, hairless. Pod slender, compressed, c. 35 mm long, pubescent.
Derivation of specific name: harveyanum: after William Henry Harvey (1811-1866), Irish-born botanist, algologist and pioneer of South African systematic botany. He also served as Colonial Treasurer-General of the Cape Colony.
Habitat: Montane grassland.
Altitude range: (metres) 1980 - 2100 m
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Worldwide distribution: Zimbabwe and South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
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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. as A. harveianum

Martins, E.S. et al. (2003). Papilionoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(7) Pages 255 - 256. As Argyrolobium harveianum

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

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