Eriosema ellipticum Welw. ex Baker
subsp. ellipticum

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Eriosema ellipticum subsp. ellipticum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Vumba rd near Burma Valley turn off.

Eriosema ellipticum subsp. ellipticum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cleveland Dam

Eriosema ellipticum subsp. ellipticum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Haka Game Park

Eriosema ellipticum subsp. ellipticum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Haka Game Park

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Synonyms: Flemingia oblongifolia Baker
Millettia monophylla Harms
Common names: Blue bush (English)
Frequency: Common
Status: Native
Erect shrub, 1 to 3 m. Leaves mostly simple (1-foliolate), rarely 3-foliolate; leaflets, oblong-elliptic, hairless to densely pubescent above, covered in short white hairs with venation prominent below, numerous small orange glands present on both surfaces.Flowers in terminal heads, occasionally also axillary, yellow inside, brown and covered in appressed hairs outside. Pods elliptic-oblong, 2-3 cm long, densely covered in golden or silvery-grey velvet and numerous orange glands.
Derivation of specific name: ellipticum: elliptic, oblong with rounded ends
Habitat: In high rainfall Brachystegia woodland and wooded grassland.
Altitude range: (metres) 850 - 2250 m
Flowering time:Aug - Oct
Worldwide distribution: Angola, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe distribution: N,C,E,S
Growth form(s): Shrub over 2 m.
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Images last updated: Wednesday 17 January 2007

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 159.

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 301. (Includes a picture).

Drummond, R.B. (1972). A list of Rhodesian Legumes. Kirkia 8(2) Page 220. As: Eriosema ellipticum

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 247. As Eriosema ellipticum

Mackinder, B. et al. (2001). Papilionoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(5) Pages 215 - 217. (Includes a picture).

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 48.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 60.

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

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Flora of Malawi: Eriosema ellipticum subsp. ellipticum
Flora of Mozambique: Eriosema ellipticum subsp. ellipticum
Flora of Zambia: Eriosema ellipticum subsp. ellipticum

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Eriosema ellipticum
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Eriosema ellipticum
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Eriosema ellipticum
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Eriosema ellipticum
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Eriosema ellipticum
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Eriosema ellipticum
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Eriosema ellipticum
JSTOR Plant Science: Eriosema ellipticum
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Eriosema ellipticum
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Eriosema ellipticum
Plants of the World Online: Eriosema ellipticum
The Plant List (version 1.1): Eriosema ellipticum
Tropicos: Eriosema ellipticum
Wikipedia: Eriosema ellipticum

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: Eriosema ellipticum subsp. ellipticum., retrieved 15 November 2019

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