Mucuna poggei Taub.
var. pesa (De Wild.) Verdc.

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Mucuna poggei var. pesa

Photo: Bart Wursten
Below Mt Namuli, Mozambique.

Mucuna poggei var. pesa

Photo: Bart Wursten
Below Mt Namuli, Mozambique.

Mucuna poggei var. pesa

Photo: Bart Wursten
Below Mt Namuli, Mozambique.

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Synonyms: Mucuna pesa De Wild.
Common names:
Status: Native
Robust climber or liane, older stems woody, up to 20 cm in diameter. Leaves 3-foliolate; leaflets rhombic, ovate or obovate, up to 19 × 15 cm, sparsely appressed hairy above, densely grey hairy below. Inflorescences axillary, pendulous many-flowered racemes, up to 30 cm long; peduncle up to 20 cm long. Calyx densely velvety and covered with orange-red irritant bristly hairs. Flowers c. 5 cm long, greenish-white to yellowish. Pods up to 20 cm long, somewhat flattened, densely covered in orange-brown, highly irritant hairs, indehiscent.
Notes: Note: in flower this taxon is almost indistinguishable from Mucuna ferox, which can be found in the same areas and habitats. In fruit, that species has narrower pods, which are readily dehiscent.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In Brachystegia-Uapaca woodland and riverine and evergreen forest margins.
Altitude range: (metres) 465 - 1680 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: DRC, Tanzania, Uganda, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s): Climber, liane.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
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Images last updated: Sunday 12 October 2008

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Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 164.

Dowsett-Lemaire, F. (1989). The flora and phytogeography of the evergreen forests of Malawi. I: Afromontane and mid-altitude forests; Bull. Jard. Bot. Nat. Belg. 59(1/2) Page 24. As Mucuna poggei

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Mackinder, B. et al. (2001). Papilionoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(5) Pages 16 - 17.

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 50.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 101.

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Flora of Malawi: Mucuna poggei var. pesa
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Mucuna poggei
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Wikipedia: Mucuna poggei

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: Mucuna poggei var. pesa., retrieved 15 April 2024

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