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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Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 42 - 43. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C., Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 37. As Vigna vexillata

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.

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

Other sources of information about Vigna vexillata var. vexillata:

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

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 vexillata var. vexillata., retrieved 19 July 2019

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