Desmodium barbatum (L.) Benth.
var. dimorphum (Welw. ex Baker) B.G. Schub.

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Desmodium barbatum var. dimorphum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cleveland Dam nr dam wall

Desmodium barbatum var. dimorphum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cleveland Dam nr dam wall

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Synonyms: Desmodium barbatum (L.) Benth. subsp. dimorphum (Welw. ex Baker) Laundon
Desmodium dimorphum Welw. ex Baker
Common names: Chinzungunzungu (Shona) Hazviere (Shona) Zanzi (Shona)
Frequency: Common
Status: Native
Erect or procumbent perennial herb. Leaves simple or 3-foliolate, often on the same plant. Leaflets elliptic-oblong to ovate. All parts densely hairy. Inflorescences terminal and axillary. Flowers deflexed on long pedicels, blue to mauve, often with darker purple spots inside. Fruits in 3-6 articles; margin straight on one side, curved on the other.
Notes: See var. argyreum for comparison.
Derivation of specific name: barbatum: with tufts of hairs, bearded
Habitat: In grassland, woodland, in sandy soil along roadsides, and in old cultivation.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1900 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Angola, Botswana, Nigeria, Cameroon, DRC, Burundi, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Madagascar.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
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Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 20.

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 67.

Drummond, R.B. (1972). A list of Rhodesian Legumes. Kirkia 8(2) Page 219.

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 47.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 59.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 64.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Pages 97 - 98.

Verdcourt, B. (2000). Papilionoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(6) Pages 23 - 24.

Other sources of information about Desmodium barbatum var. dimorphum:

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Flora of Botswana: Desmodium barbatum var. dimorphum
Flora of Malawi: Desmodium barbatum var. dimorphum
Flora of Mozambique: Desmodium barbatum var. dimorphum
Flora of Zambia: Desmodium barbatum var. dimorphum

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Desmodium barbatum
African Plant Database: Desmodium barbatum
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Desmodium barbatum
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Desmodium barbatum
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Desmodium barbatum
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Desmodium barbatum
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Desmodium barbatum
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Desmodium barbatum
iNaturalist: Desmodium barbatum
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Desmodium barbatum
JSTOR Plant Science: Desmodium barbatum
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Desmodium barbatum
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Desmodium barbatum
Plants of the World Online: Desmodium barbatum
The Plant List (version 1.1): Desmodium barbatum
Tropicos: Desmodium barbatum
Wikipedia: Desmodium barbatum

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-20

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2020). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Desmodium barbatum var. dimorphum., retrieved 20 September 2020

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