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 Nw
bequaertii (De Wild.) P.A.Duvign. var. purpureocoerulea (P.A.Duvign.) Verdc. Nw,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 Lp
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. Nw
kapiriensis (De Wild.) P.A.Duvign. var. kapiriensis Nw
kapiriensis (De Wild.) P.A.Duvign. var. repens Verdc. [VU]Nw
kassneri (De Wild.) P.A.Duvign. var. kassneri Lp
minima (Hutch.) P.A.Duvign. subsp. flabelliformis (P.A.Duvign.) Verdc. [VU]Nw
minima (Hutch.) P.A.Duvign. subsp. minima [VU]N
pseudaeschynomene Verdc. [VU]Nw
rosea (De Wild.) P.A.Duvign. var. reptans (Verdc.) Verdc. N
rosea (De Wild.) P.A.Duvign. var. rosea Cb,N
submarginalis Verdc. [DD]Lp
welwitschii (Taub.) P.A.Duvign. var. welwitswchii W
welwitschii (Taub.) P.A.Duvign. var. lundaensis (P.A.Duvign.) Verdc. Nw

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ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Humularia
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Humularia
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Humularia
Wikipedia: Humularia
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Humularia
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Humularia

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-22

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2022). Flora of Zambia: Genus page: Humularia., retrieved 13 August 2022

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