Vigna luteola (Jacq.) Benth.

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Vigna luteola

Photo: Alistair Hull
In Zambezi river, opposite Nyamepi Camp, Mana Pools

Vigna luteola

Photo: Alistair Hull
In Zambezi river, opposite Nyamepi Camp, Mana Pools

Vigna luteola

Photo: Alistair Hull
In Zambezi river, opposite Nyamepi Camp, Mana Pools

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Synonyms: Dolichos luteolus Jacq.
Dolichos repens L.
Vigna fischeri Harms
Vigna nilotica (Delile) Hook. f.
Common names:
Status: Native
Twining or trailing perennial herb; stems up to 6 m long. Leaflets 3, 2.5-10 × 0.6-4.5 cm, ovate-lanceolate to lanceolate; petiole 1.5-8.5 cm long. Stipule 2-5 mm long, 2-lobed at the base. Flowers and leaves appearing together. Flowers yellow; standard with 2 central appendages; keel slightly twisted towards the right. Pod linear, slightly flattened, curved.
Derivation of specific name: luteola: yellowish
Habitat: In swamps, on lake shores and by streams and rivers.
Altitude range: (metres) 0 - 2200 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Pantropical distribution.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,E
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Tuesday 25 July 2017

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Mackinder, B. et al. (2001). Papilionoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(5) Pages 125 - 126.

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 52.

Pickering, H. & Roe, E. (2009). Wild Flowers of the Victoria Falls Area Helen Pickering, London Page 76. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 74.

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Flora of Botswana: Vigna luteola
Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Vigna luteola
Flora of Malawi: Vigna luteola
Flora of Mozambique: Vigna luteola
Flora of Zambia: Vigna luteola

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Vigna luteola
African Plant Database: Vigna luteola
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Vigna luteola
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Vigna luteola
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iNaturalist: Vigna luteola
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Vigna luteola
JSTOR Plant Science: Vigna luteola
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Vigna luteola
Plants of the World Online: Vigna luteola
Tropicos: Vigna luteola
Wikipedia: Vigna luteola

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: Vigna luteola., retrieved 19 May 2024

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