Pseudarthria hookeri Wight & Arn.
var. hookeri

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Pseudarthria hookeri var. hookeri

Photo: Bart Wursten
Vumba rd at Eggardon Junction.

Pseudarthria hookeri var. hookeri

Photo: Bart Wursten
Vumba rd at Eggardon Junction.

Pseudarthria hookeri var. hookeri

Photo: Bart Wursten
Greystone Park Nature Reserve, Harare.

Pseudarthria hookeri var. hookeri

Photo: Petra Ballings
Val D'Or

Pseudarthria hookeri var. hookeri

Photo: Petra Ballings
Val D'Or

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Common names: Bug catcher (English) Mutapatsikidzi (Shona) Nyakatohwa (Shona) Rutpatsikidzi (Shona) Velvet bean (English)
Frequency: Common
Status: Native
Tall perennial herb, up to 2 to 3 m, which dies back in winter. Stems angular and ribbed, hairy. Leaves 3-foliolate, dark green and rough above, paler and hairy beneath; margins finely dentate. Inflorescences terminal and in the upper leaf axils, branched, many-flowered. Flowers light to deep pink, occasionally white.
Notes: This species is widespread in Zimbabwe but more common in the wetter, eastern parts of the country.
Derivation of specific name: hookeri: in 1841 named after Sir William Jackson Hooker, first director of the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew.
Habitat: In various types of woodland, bracken scrub and grass, rocky terrain and road sides.
Altitude range: (metres) 1000 - 1740 m
Flowering time:Jan - Mar
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical Africa from Ethiopia southwards to Angola and South Africa
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
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Images last updated: Sunday 11 March 2007

Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 38 - 39. (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 167. (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 326. (Includes a picture).

Coates Palgrave, M. (1989). Guide to the trees and shrubs of the Mukuvisi Woodlands ?publisher. Page 38.

Drummond, R.B. (1972). A list of Rhodesian Legumes. Kirkia 8(2) Page 225.

Plowes, D.C.H. & Drummond, R.B. (1990). Wild Flowers of Zimbabwe. Revised edition. Longman, Zimbabwe. No. 61, plate 86

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 102.

Verdcourt, B. (2000). Papilionoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(6) Pages 25 - 27. (Includes a picture).

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

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Flora of Malawi: Pseudarthria hookeri var. hookeri
Flora of Mozambique: Pseudarthria hookeri var. hookeri
Flora of Zambia: Pseudarthria hookeri var. hookeri

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Pseudarthria hookeri
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Pseudarthria hookeri
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Pseudarthria hookeri
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Pseudarthria hookeri
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Pseudarthria hookeri
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Pseudarthria hookeri
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Pseudarthria hookeri
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Pseudarthria hookeri
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Pseudarthria hookeri
Ispot Southern Africa: Pseudarthria hookeri
JSTOR Plant Science: Pseudarthria hookeri
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Pseudarthria hookeri
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Pseudarthria hookeri
The Plant List (version 1.1): Pseudarthria hookeri
Tropicos: Pseudarthria hookeri

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Pseudarthria hookeri var. hookeri., retrieved 19 April 2019

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