Aeschynomene megalophylla Harms

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Aeschynomene megalophylla

Photo: Stefaan Dondeyne
Massase Plateau, Chimanimani Mts, Mozambique

Aeschynomene megalophylla

Photo: Stefaan Dondeyne
Massase Plateau, Chimanimani Mts, Mozambique

Aeschynomene megalophylla

Photo: Stefaan Dondeyne
Massase Plateau, Chimanimani Mts, Mozambique

Aeschynomene megalophylla

Photo: Stefaan Dondeyne
Massase Plateau, Chimanimani Mts, Mozambique

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Common names: Large-leaved knuckle-bean (English)
Status: Native
Shrub or small tree up to 3 m tall. Bark brown with conspicuous whitish lenticels; young branches densely covered in glandular hairs. Leaves green to bluish-green; leaflets 12-20, oblong-elliptic, 1-3.5 cm long, often slightly notched at the apex, somewhat asymmetric at the base; margin entire. Stipules conspicuous, sheathing the very young leaves but very soon deciduous. Flowers in sprays in the upper leaf axils, together often appearing as a terminal inflorescence, yellow to orange, flushed reddish. Fruit of 4-8 elliptic to semicircular articles, each c. 7 × 6 mm, joined by very narrow necks, hairless or sparsely ciliate when young.
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Habitat: Occurring in scrub on rocky grassland slopes and ridges, on forest -woodland boundaries or margins of secondary forest.
Altitude range: (metres) 1400 - 2550 m
Flowering time:May - Oct
Worldwide distribution: Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe distribution: E
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Images last updated: Thursday 21 January 2010

Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 40 - 41. (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 282. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 3.

Drummond, R.B. (1972). A list of Rhodesian Legumes. Kirkia 8(2) Page 216.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 246.

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.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 95.

Verdcourt, B. (2000). Papilionoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(6) Pages 79 - 80.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Aeschynomene megalophylla
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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: Aeschynomene megalophylla., retrieved 29 May 2024

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