Lotus discolor E. Mey.
subsp. discolor

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Lotus discolor subsp. discolor

Photo: Bart Wursten
Kaperekeza road, Nyika National Park

Lotus discolor subsp. discolor

Photo: Bart Wursten
Kaperekeza road, Nyika National Park

Lotus discolor subsp. discolor

Photo: Bart Wursten
Kaperekeza road, Nyika National Park

Lotus discolor subsp. discolor

Photo: Bart Wursten
Kaperekeza road, Nyika National Park

Lotus discolor subsp. discolor

Photo: Bart Wursten
Kaperekeza road, Nyika National Park

Lotus discolor subsp. discolor

Photo: Bart Wursten
Kaperekeza road, Nyika National Park

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Synonyms: Lotus brandianus Harms
Lotus discolor E. Mey. var. cacondensis Hiern ex Baker f.
Lotus tigrensis Baker
Common names:
Frequency:
Status: Uncertain
Description:
Perennial herb with erect or sometimes scrambling purple tinged stems, appressed hairy, growing from a woody rootstock. Leaves usually well spaced, 5-foliolate; leaf rhachis usually 1.5–6 mm long, appressed hairy; leaflets oblanceolate to obovate, 5–18 mm long, 2–4 times as long as wide, apical leaflets longest; all leaflets appressed hairy on both surfaces. Flowers in usually 5–6-flowered umbels; peduncle 2–9 cm long, occasionally longer. Calyx light green often purple-tinged, appressed pubescent; teeth 1.5–3 mm long, triangular. Corolla white or cream, the standard sometimes veined with purple, the keel with purple tip; standard 7–9 mm long, usually shorter than the wings, margins infolded over 4–5 mm from the base, the upper third wider and abruptly bent upward; wings 9–11 mm long; keel c. 1 mm shorter than the wings. Pod up to 35 mm long but often much shorter, reddish-brown to greyish-brown.
Notes: The occurrence of this subspecies appears to be uncertain. Only subsp. mollis J.B. Gillett has been recorded with certainty from Zimbabwe.
Derivation of specific name: discolor: not of the same colour
Habitat: Montane grassland, miombo woodland and along margins of evergreen.
Altitude range: (metres) 1230 - 2280 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Angola, eastern Nigeria, Cameroon, eastern DRC, Uganda, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, ?Zimbabwe, Swaziland and South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: E?
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Wednesday 12 September 2018
Literature:

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 164. (Includes a picture).

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 70. As Lotus discolor

Drummond, R.B. (1972). A list of Rhodesian Legumes. Kirkia 8(2) Page 223.

Martins, E.S. et al. (2003). Papilionoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(7) Pages 6 - 7.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 62.

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): Lotus discolor
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Lotus discolor
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EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Lotus discolor
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Flora Zambesiaca web site: Lotus discolor
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Lotus discolor
Ispot Southern Africa: Lotus discolor
JSTOR Plant Science: Lotus discolor
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Lotus discolor
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Lotus discolor
The Plant List (version 1.1): Lotus discolor
Tropicos: Lotus discolor


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-18

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2018). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Lotus discolor subsp. discolor.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=128540, retrieved 10 December 2018

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