Humularia P.A. Duvign.

Brummitt, R.K., Harder, D.K., Lewis, G.P., Lock, J.M., Polhill, R.M. & Verdcourt, B. (2007) Leguminosae Subfamily Papilionoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(3)

Description of the genus

Erect or prostrate subshrubs or less often small shrubs. Leaves pinnately 2–12-foliolate, the leaflets asymmetrical at the base, often with one part cuneiform and the other rounded or half-cordate; stipules rounded, cordate or unequally auriculate at the base, often similar in size to the leaves, persistent or deciduous; stipels absent. Inflorescences axillary or terminal, in subcylindric bracteate racemes, generally dense and scorpioid, less often lax and zigzag; bracts big, distichous, bilobed, densely imbricate, sometimes ± hiding the flowers and completely hiding the fruits, mostly membranous and coloured; bracteoles membranous, persistent. Calyx 2-lipped, the lips almost free, the upper ± bifid, the lower trifid; corolla small or medium-sized, yellow, orange or reddish, often lined with red. Standard narrowed into a claw; wings spathulate, united by their basal appendages; keel-petals obovate, very shortly joined near the apex, narrowed into a claw. Ovary stipitate, 2-ovuled. Fruit pods somewhat woody, often beaked by the persistent style-base. Seeds rounded-reniform, smooth.

Worldwide: 40 species in Africa.

Zambia: 20 taxa.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsProvincesContent
apiculata (De Wild.) P.A.Duvign. N,W,CCb
bequaertii (De Wild.) P.A.Duvign. var. bequaertii WNw
bequaertii (De Wild.) P.A.Duvign. var. purpureocoerulea (P.A.Duvign.) Verdc. N,WNw,N
descampsii (De Wild. & T.Durand) P.A.Duvign. var. abercornensis P.A.Duvign. N,WNwDescription, Image
descampsii (De Wild. & T. Durand) P.A.Duvign. var. descampsii NLp
drepanocephala (Baker) P.A.Duvign. var. drepanocephala N,WCb,N
drepanocephala (Baker) P.A.Duvign. var. forcipiformis P.A.Duvign. N,W,?ECb
drepanocephala (Baker) P.A.Duvign. var. homblei (De Wild.) P.A.Duvign. W,CCb,C
elisabethvilleana (De Wild.) P.A.Duvign. WNw
kapiriensis (De Wild.) P.A.Duvign. var. kapiriensis WNw
kapiriensis (De Wild.) P.A.Duvign. var. repens Verdc. [VU]WNw
kassneri (De Wild.) P.A.Duvign. var. kassneri NLp
minima (Hutch.) P.A.Duvign. subsp. flabelliformis (P.A.Duvign.) Verdc. [VU]WNw
minima (Hutch.) P.A.Duvign. subsp. minima [VU]NN
pseudaeschynomene Verdc. [VU]WNw
rosea (De Wild.) P.A.Duvign. var. reptans (Verdc.) Verdc. NN
rosea (De Wild.) P.A.Duvign. var. rosea N,WCb,N
submarginalis Verdc. [DD]NLp
welwitschii (Taub.) P.A.Duvign. var. welwitswchii B,WW
welwitschii (Taub.) P.A.Duvign. var. lundaensis (P.A.Duvign.) Verdc. WNw

Other sources of information about Humularia:

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Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Humularia
Flora of Malawi: Humularia

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

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-24

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2024). Flora of Zambia: Genus page: Humularia., retrieved 21 February 2024

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