Vigna vexillata (L.) A. Rich.
var. vexillata

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Vigna vexillata var. vexillata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Corner Nyamheni rd, Vumba

Vigna vexillata var. vexillata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Rd N of Troutbeck by Cheshire Cottage

Vigna vexillata var. vexillata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Rd N of Troutbeck by Cheshire Cottage

Vigna vexillata var. vexillata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mt Chinaka, Juliasdale

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Synonyms: Phaseolus vexillatus L.
Common names:
Frequency: Frequent
Status: Native
Perennial climbing or trailing herb, growing from a woody rootstock. Stems more or less densely covered in brownish bristly hairs. leaves 3-foliolate, narrowly lanceolate to broadly ovate, 2.5 - 16 cm long, usually entire, rarely slightly lobed, almost hairless to densely velvety. Flowers pink to purple with a distinctly asymmetrical keel, twisted to the right and a swollen pocket on the left hand petal. Pods 8-14 cm long, linear cylindric, covered in brown bristly hairs; apex with a straight beak
Notes: This variety is distinguished from var. angustifolia by the broadly lanceolate to ovate leaflets, which are usually densely hairy, and the pubescent calyx, which has longer lobes up to 2 mm long. However, there appear to be many intermediate forms particularly concerning the shape and hairiness of the leaflets.
Derivation of specific name: vexillata: with a flag, or standard
Habitat: In grassland, scrub and woodland, along roadsides and margins of forest
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 2500 m
Flowering time:Aug - Mar
Worldwide distribution: Pantropical
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 37. As Vigna vexillata

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 73.

Drummond, R.B. (1972). A list of Rhodesian Legumes. Kirkia 8(2) Page 229.

Mackinder, B. et al. (2001). Papilionoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(5) Pages 145 - 146.

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.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 66.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 75.

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Flora of Botswana: Vigna vexillata var. vexillata
Flora of Malawi: Vigna vexillata var. vexillata
Flora of Mozambique: Vigna vexillata var. vexillata
Flora of Zambia: Vigna vexillata var. vexillata

External websites:

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

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 vexillata var. vexillata., retrieved 29 May 2024

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