Flemingia grahamiana Wight & Arn.

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Flemingia grahamiana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cecil Kop Nature Reserve, Mutare

Flemingia grahamiana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cecil Kop Nature Reserve, Mutare

Flemingia grahamiana

Photo: Mark Hyde
By Buckland Road, Hatcliffe South Extension

Flemingia grahamiana

Photo: Mark Hyde
By Buckland Road, Hatcliffe South Extension

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Synonyms: Eriosema erythrocarpon Beck
Flemingia rhodocarpa Baker
Moghania grahamiana (Wight & Arn.) Kuntze
Moghania rhodocarpa (Baker) Hauman
Common names: Stain-pod (English)
Frequency: Common
Status: Native
Perennial herb or woody subshrub, erect or subscandent, up to 2.5m high. Branches ribbed, covered with silky hairs when young. Leaves 3-foliate, up to 15 cm long, dull green above, pubescent and paler below, both surfaces with small reddish glands. Flowers in dense woolly clusters, greenish to creamy-white, sometimes with purple veining. Fruit a small inflated pod, up to 12 × 6 mm, covered in rusty-orange glands, leaving stains on touching.
Derivation of specific name: grahamiana: named after Robert C. Graham (1786-1845), Scottish physician and botanist.
Habitat: In grassland and open woodland, along roadsides and in disturbed areas, often on sandy or rocky soils.
Altitude range: (metres) 480 - 1800 m
Flowering time:Jul - Sep
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in Tropical Africa, Northern Province, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Also as far as southern India.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,C,E,S
Growth form(s): Shrub over 2 m.
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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: Flemingia grahamiana.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=132150, retrieved 26 May 2024

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