Argyrolobium tuberosum Eckl. & Zeyh.

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Argyrolobium tuberosum

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Rd to World's View, Nyanga

Argyrolobium tuberosum

Photo: Bart Wursten
By Circular Drive, Nyanga NP

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Synonyms: Argyrolobium angustifolium Eckl. & Zeyh.
Chasmone tuberosa (Eckl. & Zeyh.) Meisn.
Common names: Little russet pea (English)
Frequency: Local
Status: Native
Slender perennial herb, growing from a tuberous rootstock. Stems more or less erect, up to 60 cm high, simple or few-branched. Leaves 3-foliolate, with leaflets linear-lanceolate. Lower leaves sometimes with leaflets slightly wider, narrowly elliptic. Flowers in a terminal raceme, orange-yellow on the inside and reddish-brown to burgundy on the outside. Ovary and calyx densely silky hairy. Pods c. 5 cm long, very narrow, straight or slightly curved.
Derivation of specific name: tuberosum: having tubers
Habitat: In montane grassland, usually near streams or rivers.
Altitude range: (metres) 1700 - 2180 m
Flowering time:Sep - Feb
Worldwide distribution: Zimbabwe, Lesotho and South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
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Images last updated: Tuesday 28 July 2015

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Fabian, A. & Germishuizen, G. (1997). Wild Flowers of Northern South Africa. Fernwood Press, Vlaeburg. Pages 202 - 203. (Includes a picture).

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 254 - 256. (Includes a picture).

Pooley, E. (1998). A Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Region. Natal Flora Publications Trust. Durban. Pages 268 - 269. (Includes a picture).

Van Wyk, B. & Malan, S. (1988). Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of the Witwatersrand and Pretoria Region Struik, Cape Town Pages 206 - 207. (Includes a picture).

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Argyrolobium tuberosum
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Argyrolobium tuberosum
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Wikipedia: Argyrolobium tuberosum

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 tuberosum., retrieved 28 February 2024

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