Vigna gazensis Baker f.

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Vigna gazensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Plateau above western slope Nhamassa Valley, Mt. Gorongosa

Vigna gazensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Plateau above western slope Nhamassa Valley, Mt. Gorongosa

Vigna gazensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Plateau between Mt Nhamudimu and Mt Binga, Chimanimani Mts

Vigna gazensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Top ridge Mt Shangani, eastern Chimanimani Mts.

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Synonyms: Vigna luteola sensu Baker
Common names:
Status: Native
Perennial climbing or twining herb. Stems more or less densely velvety. Leaves 3-foliolate; leaflets broadly ovate, up to 11 × 10 cm, somewhat cordate at the base, hairy especially when young. Flowers blue, sometimes purple; standard with 2 L- or U-shaped appendages; keel symmetrical with a 3 mm long beak. Pods 3.5-5 cm long, linear cylindric, curved, hairy; apex with a short curved beak
Derivation of specific name: gazensis: of Gazaland, a historic name for Southern Mozambique.
Habitat: In montane grassland and scrub and along margins of forest.
Altitude range: (metres) 1200 - 2200 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Angola, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Madagascar.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
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Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Saturday 1 August 2009

Drummond, R.B. (1972). A list of Rhodesian Legumes. Kirkia 8(2) Page 228.

Mackinder, B. et al. (2001). Papilionoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(5) Pages 131 - 132.

Strugnell, A.M. (2002). Endemics of Mt. Mulanje. The endemic spermatophytes of Mt. Mulanje, Malawi Systematics and Geography of Plants 72 Page 22.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 104.

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: Vigna gazensis
Flora of Mozambique: Vigna gazensis

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

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: Vigna gazensis., retrieved 23 May 2019

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