Aeschynomene uniflora E. Mey.
var. uniflora

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Aeschynomene uniflora var. uniflora

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Lower Zambezi N.P.

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Synonyms: Aeschynomene uniflora E.Mey.
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Status: Native
Erect shrubby herb, often an annual, 0.5–2(?4.5) m tall. Stems covered with tubercular-based hairs. Leaves sensitive, 18–56-foliolate; leaflets 3–16 × 1–2.5 mm, linear-oblong, rounded at the apex, obliquely rounded at the base, finely serrulate, ± ciliate but otherwise glabrous; reticulation scarcely evident; petiole and rhachis together 2.5–8 cm long, hairy like the stems; petiolules 0.5 mm long; stipules straight, spurred, 3–8 × 1–2 mm, ovate-lanceolate, finally deciduous. Flowers solitary or ternate, axillary; pedicels 5–10(27) mm long, pubescent with tubercular-based hairs; bracts absent; bracteoles 3–4 × l.5 mm, ovate, acuminate, ciliate. Calyx with tubercular-based hairs, 2-lipped; lips 6–7(12) × 2.5–4 mm, one wider than the other. Standard white to yellow, sometimes with dark veins, 6–22 × 4–18 mm, obovate, emarginate; keel petals paler greenish-yellow with margins partly laciniate. Fruit stipitate, 3–5.5 cm long (excluding stipe), linear, straight or slightly curved, 4–9-jointed, the suture somewhat constricted between the articles; articles 4–5.5 mm long and wide, oblong, mostly compressed, sparsely pilose, a central oblong-elliptic part slightly thickened, densely and finely tuberculate when adult or sometimes this area inflated and longitudinally crested. Seeds chestnut-brown, shiny, compressed, 3.5 × 2.2 × 1.2 mm, oblong-reniform, the end nearest the eccentric hilum somewhat canoe-shaped. From Flora Zambesiaca Vol 3, Part 6, (2000) Author: B. Verdcourt
Derivation of specific name: uniflora: single-flowered
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Worldwide distribution: Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique & Tropical Africa from Senegal and Ethiopia to South Africa, Madagascar, Comoros and Mascarene Islands.
Zimbabwe distribution: N
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Fowler, D.G. (2007). Zambian Plants: Their Vernacular Names and Uses, Kew Publishing

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.

Verdcourt, B. (2000). Papilionoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(6) Pages 62 - 66.

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Flora of Malawi: Aeschynomene uniflora var. uniflora
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Flora of Zambia: Aeschynomene uniflora var. uniflora

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Aeschynomene uniflora
African Plant Database: Aeschynomene uniflora
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Aeschynomene uniflora
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Wikipedia: Aeschynomene uniflora

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 uniflora var. uniflora., retrieved 26 May 2024

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