Otoptera burchellii DC.

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Otoptera burchellii

Photo: Bart Wursten
By main Harare to Bulawayo Rd, south of Kwekwe

Otoptera burchellii

Photo: Bart Wursten
By main Harare to Bulawayo Rd, south of Kwekwe.

Otoptera burchellii

Photo: Bart Wursten
By main Harare to Bulawayo Rd, south of Kwekwe.

Otoptera burchellii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Close to the lodges, Sinamatella, Hwange NP

Otoptera burchellii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Close to the lodges, Sinamatella, Hwange NP

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Synonyms: Vigna burchellii (DC.) Harv.
Common names:
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Perennial herb, often trailing or climbing with hairy stems up to 2 m long, sometimes a spindly small shrub, up to 1 m tall. Branchlets densely pubescent. Leaves 3-foliolate; leaflets lanceolate to ovate, up to 10 × 3.5 cm, blue-green, pointed at the apex with a long mucronate tip; margin entire. Flowers in 2-5-flowered axillary heads on a long peduncle, sweetly scented; standard variable in colour, pink, mauve, blue, violet or red, usually green or yellow at the base. Pod up to 12 × 0.8 cm.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: burchellii: after William John Burchell (1781-1863), botanical collector, painter, writer, gardener, entomologist, early explorer and naturalist in South Africa.
Habitat: In open and wooded grassland, woodland and Acacia-Terminalia scrub, often on sandy soils.
Altitude range: (metres) 500 - 1400 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe and South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
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Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Sunday 12 October 2008
Literature:

Chapano, C., Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 27.

Drummond, R.B. (1972). A list of Rhodesian Legumes. Kirkia 8(2) Page 224.

Kirby, G. (2013). Wild Flowers of Southeast Botswana Struik Nature, Cape Town South Africa Page 310. (Includes a picture).

Mackinder, B. et al. (2001). Papilionoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(5) Pages 67 - 68. (Includes a picture).

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 50.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 70.


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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Otoptera burchellii
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Otoptera burchellii
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The Plant List (version 1.1): Otoptera burchellii
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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: Otoptera burchellii.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=132400, retrieved 19 September 2019

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