3810.000 Alysicarpus Desv.

Verdcourt, B. (2000) Papilionoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(6)

Description of the genus

Herbs. Stipules free or joined; stipels present. Leaves 1-foliolate, rarely pinnately 3-foliolate. Inflorescences axillary, terminal or leaf-opposed, falsely racemose or rarely paniculate; the flowers usually paired. Bracts scarious. Calyx glumaceous, appearing 4-lobed, the 2 upper calyx teeth entirely connate or almost so. Standard variously coloured. Ovary sessile or shortly stalked with several-many ovules. Pod transversely jointed, subcylindric or somewhat flattened, constricted between the articles or not.

Comment: All species present in Zambia have very similar flowers; the leaves in the species are variable and can be similar. The only reliable way to identify specimens at species level is when fruit are present.

Worldwide: 25 species in the Old World tropics

Zambia: 6 taxa.

Alysicarpus zeyheri

Links to taxa:     View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this genus

SpeciesFZ divisionsProvincesContent
ovalifolius (Schumach.) J. LéonardC,EE,LkDescription
rugosus (Willd.) DC. subsp. perennirufus J. LéonardNNDescription, Image
rugosus (Willd.) DC. subsp. reticulatus Verdc. NN
rugosus (Willd.) DC. subsp. rugosus N,W,E,SCbDescription
vaginalis (L.) DC. var. vaginalis BWDescription, Image
zeyheri Harv.B,N,W,E,SNw,Mc,C,Lk,S,WDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Alysicarpus:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Alysicarpus
Flora of Caprivi: Alysicarpus
Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Alysicarpus
Flora of Malawi: Alysicarpus
Flora of Mozambique: Alysicarpus
Flora of Zimbabwe: Alysicarpus

External websites:

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

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: Alysicarpus.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=747, retrieved 22 April 2024

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