Lotus wildii J.B. Gillett

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Lotus wildii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nr summit of Mt Nyangani

Lotus wildii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mt Nyangani, Nyanga National Park.

Lotus wildii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mt Nyangani, Nyanga National Park.

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Synonyms: Lotus discolor subsp. discolor sensu Goodier & Phipps
Common names:
Frequency: Locally frequent
Status: Native
Perennial subshrub up to c. 60 cm tall, growing from a woody rootstock. Stems erect or sometimes procumbent stems with more or less appressed whitish to yellowish hairs when young. Leaves 5-foliolate; leaflets oblong-elliptic to obovate, up to 15 mm long; basal leaflets shorter than apical and lateral leaflets, pubescent on both surfaces. Flowers in 3-7-flowered umbels; peduncle 10-65 mm long, usually with a 3-foliolate leaf. Corolla white or cream, rarely pale mauve; standard with purple-red veining. Pods up to 28 mm long, reddish-brown to greyish-brown.
Notes: Not recorded in Kirkia 18-1 (Mapaura 2002) but should be considered a Near Endemic.
Derivation of specific name: wildii: for Professor Hiram Wild (1917-1982), former Head of the National Herbarium (SRGH), taxonomist and avid collector.
Habitat: In montane grassland.
Altitude range: (metres) 1500 - 2590 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Border Highlands of Zimbabwe and Mozambique including Mt Gorongosa.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s):
Endemic status: Near Endemic
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Images last updated: Saturday 4 March 2023

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 37.

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

Darbyshire, I., Timberlake, J., Osborne, J., Rokni, S., Matimele, H., Langa. C., Datizua, C., de Sousa, C., Alves, T., Massingue, A., Hadj-Hammou, J., Dhanda, S., Shah, T., Wursten, B. (2019). The endemic plants of Mozambique: diversity and conservation status Phytotaxa 136 Page 86.

Drummond, R.B. (1972). A list of Rhodesian Legumes. Kirkia 8(2) Page 223. Also as Lotus discolor subsp. discolor

Goodier, R. & Phipps, J.B. (1961). A revised checklist of the vascular plants of the Chimanimani Mountains Kirkia 1 Page 56. Also as Lotus discolor subsp. discolor

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 49.

Martins, E.S. et al. (2003). Papilionoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(7) Pages 4 - 6. (Includes a picture).

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 94.

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Flora of Mozambique: Lotus wildii

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Lotus wildii
African Plant Database: Lotus wildii
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Lotus wildii
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Lotus wildii
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iNaturalist: Lotus wildii
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Lotus wildii
JSTOR Plant Science: Lotus wildii
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Lotus wildii
Plants of the World Online: Lotus wildii
Tropicos: Lotus wildii
Wikipedia: Lotus wildii

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: Lotus wildii.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=128570, retrieved 25 May 2024

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