Eriosema psoraloides (Lam.) G. Don

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Eriosema psoraloides

Photo: Bart Wursten
Vumba rd before Bunga Forest

Eriosema psoraloides

Photo: Bart Wursten
Entrance of Sheba Forestry Estate

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Synonyms: Crotalaria psoraleoides Lam.
Eriosema cajanoides (Guill. & Perr.) Hook.f.
Common names: Canary pea (English)
Frequency: Common
Status: Native
Much-branched, bushy perennial, 1-2.5 m. Leaves 3-foliolate, rarely 1-foliolate on the lower leaves; leaflets elliptic-oblong to obovate-elliptic, 2.5-95 cm, finely pubescent above, paler, velvety with prominent venation beneath. Flowers in many-flowered, terminal and axillary racemes, golden yellow. Pods 1-2 cm, ovate to almost circular, covered in long spreading hairs.
Derivation of specific name: psoraloides: resembling Psoralea another genus in this family
Habitat: In a wide variety of habitats but often in damp places, e.g. by streams and in high rainfall areas, also in disturbed ground
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1700 m
Flowering time:Jan - Apr
Worldwide distribution: widespread in Tropical Africa and South Africa as far as KwaZulu-Natal. Also in Madagascar.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
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Images last updated: Wednesday 17 January 2007

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Steedman, E.C. (1933). Some Trees, Shrubs and Lianes of Southern Rhodesia. Page 24. Erroneously as Eriosema polystachyum

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The Plant List (version 1.1): Eriosema psoraloides
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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-18

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2018). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Eriosema psoraloides., retrieved 18 February 2018

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