Kotschya thymodora (Baker f.) Wild
subsp. thymodora

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Kotschya thymodora subsp. thymodora

Photo: Bart Wursten
Circular Drive, Nyanga National Park.

Kotschya thymodora subsp. thymodora

Photo: Bart Wursten
Circular Drive, Nyanga National Park.

Kotschya thymodora subsp. thymodora

Photo: Bart Wursten
Circular Drive, Nyanga National Park.

Kotschya thymodora subsp. thymodora

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near World's View, Nyanga

Kotschya thymodora subsp. thymodora

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near World's View, Nyanga

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Synonyms: Smithia thymodora Baker f.
Common names: Yellow beatlebeen (English)
Status: Native
Much-branched aromatic shrub, up to 4.5m high. Stems and branches very sticky with short and long glandular hairs. Leaves paripinnate with 20-32 leaflets up to 8 × 2.5 mm, glandular hairy along the slightly serrated margin. Inflorescences in dense axillary clusters. Bracts and bracteoles covered in long yellow bristly hairs. Standard 10-12 mm, golden-yellow, often flushed red. Fruits of 2-5 articles covered in fine yellow glandular hairs.
Notes: This species mainly differs from Kotschya scaberrima in the longer bulbous-based hairs on the stems and branches and less thickened hairs on the midribs of the leaflets. This gives K. scaberrima a much harsher, sandpapery feel. These differences, however, are small and not always consistent. Some authors (eg Verdcourt, 2000) would prefer not to recognise them as separate species in which case K. scaberrima would be the older and correct name. It has even been suggested both taxa could be considered as subspecies within Kotschya uguenensis (Taub.) F.White.
Derivation of specific name: thymodora: smelling of thyme
Habitat: In montane grassland and along forest edges.
Altitude range: (metres) 1000 - 2200 m
Flowering time:Feb - May
Worldwide distribution: Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Mpumalanga, South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
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Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 46 - 47. (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 314. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 35.

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 69.

Drummond, R.B. (1972). A list of Rhodesian Legumes. Kirkia 8(2) Page 223.

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 49.

Schmidt, E., Lötter, M. & McCleland, W. (2002). Trees and shrubs of Mpumalanga and Kruger National Park Jacana, Johannesburg, South Africa Pages 212 - 213. (Includes a picture).

Verdcourt, B. (1970). Studies in the Leguminosae-Papilionoïdeae for the 'Flora of Tropical East Africa': I Kew Bulletin 24(1) Pages 26 - 28.

Verdcourt, B. (2000). Papilionoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(6) Pages 121 - 122.

Wild, H. (1964). New and interesting species Kirkia 4 Page 159.

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

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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: Kotschya thymodora subsp. thymodora.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=130690, retrieved 25 May 2024

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