Aeschynomene nodulosa (Baker) Baker f.
var. nodulosa

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Aeschynomene nodulosa var. nodulosa

Photo: Bart Wursten
Leopard Rock Game Reserve, Vumba

Aeschynomene nodulosa var. nodulosa

Photo: Bart Wursten
Leopard Rock Game Reserve, Vumba

Aeschynomene nodulosa var. nodulosa

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chinyakwaremba, Vumba

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Synonyms: Aeschynomene leptobotrya sensu Baker f.
Aeschynomene shirensis Taub.
Smithia nodulosa Baker
Common names:
Frequency: Common in Eastern Highlands
Status: Native
Usually a slender shrub but occasionally a small tree. Plants aromatic. Stems covered with short glandular hairs. Leaves up to c. 8 cm long, pinnate, 8-32-foliolate; petiole and rhachis with short glandular hairs. Leaflets linear-oblong, 3-18 mm long, slightly subcordate at the base, mostly hairless; stipules conspicuous but quickly deciduous, ovate to oblong-lanceolate, 7-22 mm long. Flowers in many-flowered racemes in the axils of the upper leaves, together often appearing as a branched terminal inflorescence; peduncles and pedicels with short glandular hairs. Calyx reddish, 2-lipped; one lip more or less entire, the other 3-fid. Standard yellow or orange-yellow with red veining, broadly elliptic, 10-16 cm long; wings orange-yellow, paler at the base, with red streaks at the apex; keel pale yellow. Fruit with 3-7 semicircular articles, up to 8 × 6 mm, joined by narrow necks, covered with short, glandular hairs.
Notes: See var. glabrescens J.B. Gillett for comparison.
Derivation of specific name: nodulosa: bearing nodules
Habitat: In submontane grassland, bracken scrub, open woodland and on rocky ridges.
Altitude range: (metres) 750 - 1900 m
Flowering time:Apr - Nov
Worldwide distribution: Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Limpopo, Mpumalanga, South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: C,E,S
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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 nodulosa var. nodulosa., retrieved 25 May 2024

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