Psophocarpus lancifolius Harms

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Common names:
Status: Native
Perennial climber. Leaflets narrowly ovate, elliptic or lanceolate, ± lobed, pilose, golden-hairy. Inflorescence axillary, (sub)umbellate. Bracteoles 8-12 mm, striate. Calyx 5-lobed; upper 2 lobes ± completely fused. Corolla blue; petals white-tinged towards base. Pod oblong, black, 4-winged, 11-15-seeded. Seeds reddish-brown; hilum transversely bisecting the pale broadly elliptic aril.
Notes: Recorded for Mozambique by Gonçalves, in Garcia de Orta, Sér. Bot. 5: 102 (1982). This record gives the details.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: Forest margins, grassland, moist places and formerly cultivated areas
Altitude range: (metres) 900 - 2200 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Nigeria, DRC, Central and East Africa southwards to Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe distribution: C,E
Growth form(s): Climber.
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Images last updated: Monday 11 June 2007

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

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 167. (Includes a picture).

Drummond, R.B. (1972). A list of Rhodesian Legumes. Kirkia 8(2) Page 225.

Mackinder, B. et al. (2001). Papilionoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(5) Pages 64 - 65. (Includes a picture).

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Flora of Malawi: Psophocarpus lancifolius
Flora of Mozambique: Psophocarpus lancifolius
Flora of Zambia: Psophocarpus lancifolius

External websites:

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

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: Psophocarpus lancifolius., retrieved 19 July 2019

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