3897.000 Rhynchosia Lour.

Mackinder, B. et al. (2001) Papilionoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(5)

Description of the genus

Climbing or prostrate, rarely erect, herbs or subshrubs. Stipules present. Leaves 1-or 3-foliolate; leaflets usually with conspicuous resinous gland-dots beneath. Flowers spreading. Calyx 5-lobed, lobes unequal, the upper pair ± joined. Corolla frequently yellow, lined with brownish-purple. Ovary (1-)2-ovulate. Pods 3-4 × as long as broad, almost circular to narrowly oblong, flattened, often falcate, frequently glandular and velvety. Seeds flattened-spherical or subreniform; funicle inserted at middle of the circular hilum.

Derivation of name: Gk. rhynchos, a beak, snout or horn, referring to the keel of the flowers

Worldwide: c. 300 species, tropics

Zambia: 34 taxa.

The larvae of the following species of insect eat species of this genus:
Leptotes group (Blues)
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SpeciesFZ divisionsProvincesContent
buchananii HarmsC,E,SE,Lk,SDescription
castroi Baker f.B,CC,W
clivorum S. Moore subsp. pycnantha (Harms) Verdc.EMcDescription, Image
densiflora (Roth) DC. subsp. chrysadenia (Taub.) Verdc.
densiflora (Roth) DC. subsp. debilis (G.Don) Verdc. B,C,SLk,S,W
divaricata BakerNDescription, Image
elegans A.Rich. var. elegans N
goetzei HarmsN,WCb,N
heterophylla Hauman W,SNw,Cb,C
hirta (Andrews) Meikle & Verdc.N,W,C,SCb,N,Lk,SDescription, Image
holosericea SchinzBS
insignis (O. Hoffm) R.E. Fr.B,N,W,C,ECb,Lp,N,E,C,Lk,WDescription, Image
luteola (Hiern) K. Schum. var. luteola NLp
luteola (Hiern) K. Schum. var. velutina Verdc.NN
luteola (Hiern) Schumann var. verdickii (De Wild.) Verdc. W,C,SCb,Lk,S
micrantha HarmsN
minima (L.) DC. var. minima B,N,C,E,SN,E,Lk,S,W
minima (L.) DC. var. prostrata (Harv.) MeikleN,W,C,E,SNw,N,E,C,Lk
minima (L.) DC.[Agg]B,N,W,E,SDescription, Image
minima (L.) DC. var. pedicellata Verdc. CLkDescription
monophylla Schltr.N,W,CCb,Mc,C,LkDescription, Image
nyasica BakerN,W,C,E,SCb,N,E,C,S
nyikensis Baker EMcDescription, Image
procurrens (Hiern) K. Schum. subsp. floribunda (Baker) Verdc.N,W,C,E,SCb,N,E,Lk,S
procurrens (Hiern) K.Schum. subsp. latisepala (Hauman) Verdc. NN
procurrens (Hiern) K.Schum. subsp. procurrens B,N,W,CNw,N,C
pseudoteramnoides HaumanN
resinosa (Hochst. ex A. Rich.) BakerN,W,C,E,SNw,N,E,C,Lk,SDescription, Image
stipitata Verdc.B,SS,W
sublobata (Schumach. & Thonn.) MeikleB,C,E,SMc,E,Lk,S,WDescription, Image
totta (Thunb.) DC. var. fenchelii SchinzB,N,SMc,S,WDescription
viscosa (Roth) DC. subsp. viscosa var. viscosa N,C,EN,E,Lk
wildii Verdc.SSImage
zernyi Harms NN

Other sources of information about Rhynchosia:

Our websites:

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

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Rhynchosia
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Rhynchosia
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Rhynchosia
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Rhynchosia
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Rhynchosia

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-19

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2019). Flora of Zambia: Genus page: Rhynchosia.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=770, retrieved 22 April 2019

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