Aeschynomene mimosifolia Vatke

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Aeschynomene mimosifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Greystone Park NR

Aeschynomene mimosifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Greystone Park NR

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Status: Native
Perennial subshrub with slender prostrate or erect stems, growing from a woody rootstock. It may get up to 2 m tall but is usually much smaller. Stems pubescent with glandular tubercular-based hairs. Leaves often in clusters, short, up to 3 cm long, 8–34-foliolate; leaflets linear to oblong, 1–7 mm long, sometimes subfalcate, mostly hairless but often conspicuously glandular-ciliate; main vein more or less marginal; stipules linear- or ovate-lanceolate, 3–6 mm long, more or less persistent. Inflorescences axillary, often aggregated towards the apices of shoots to appear like leafy panicles; peduncle 5–15 mm long; rhachis 1–10 cm long; pedicels 2–5 mm long; bracts 2–3-fid, ovate, 2.5–3 mm long, ciliolate, soon falling; bracteoles ovate-lanceolate or lanceolate, 2-3 mm long. Calyx finely velvety, 2-lipped, one 2-lobed, the other 3-lobed and often ciliolate. Standard orange-yellow with purple-red veins, 7–8 mm long, emarginate; wings pale yellow, longer than the standard; keel petals greenish with reddish-purple nerves. Pods of 1–2 articles joined by a very narrow neck, hairless or finely velvety on the margins.
Derivation of specific name: mimosifolia: with leaves like a Mimosa, referring to the small leaves with small leaflets.
Habitat: In open woodland, vlei edges and grassland near water, often after seasonal burns.
Altitude range: (metres) 1150 - 1700 m
Flowering time:Aug - Dec
Worldwide distribution: DRC, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,C,E,S
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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 65.

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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.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 56.

Verdcourt, B. (2000). Papilionoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(6) Pages 101 - 103. (Includes a picture).

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Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Aeschynomene mimosifolia
Flora of Malawi: Aeschynomene mimosifolia
Flora of Mozambique: Aeschynomene mimosifolia
Flora of Zambia: Aeschynomene mimosifolia

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Aeschynomene mimosifolia
African Plant Database: Aeschynomene mimosifolia
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JSTOR Plant Science: Aeschynomene mimosifolia
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Aeschynomene mimosifolia
Plants of the World Online: Aeschynomene mimosifolia
Tropicos: Aeschynomene mimosifolia
Wikipedia: Aeschynomene mimosifolia

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 mimosifolia., retrieved 26 May 2024

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