Lotus discolor E. Mey.
subsp. discolor

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Lotus discolor subsp. discolor

Picture: Bart Wursten
Kaperekeza road, Nyika National Park

Lotus discolor subsp. discolor

Picture: Bart Wursten
Kaperekeza road, Nyika National Park

Lotus discolor subsp. discolor

Picture: Bart Wursten
Kaperekeza road, Nyika National Park

Lotus discolor subsp. discolor

Picture: Bart Wursten
Kaperekeza road, Nyika National Park

Lotus discolor subsp. discolor

Picture: Bart Wursten
Kaperekeza road, Nyika National Park

Lotus discolor subsp. discolor

Picture: Bart Wursten
Kaperekeza road, Nyika National Park

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Synonyms: Lotus brandianus Harms
Lotus discolor E. Mey. var. cacondensis Hiern ex Baker f.
Lotus tigrensis Baker
Common names:
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Perennial herb with erect or sometimes scrambling purple tinged stems, appressed hairy, growing from a woody rootstock. Leaves usually well spaced, 5-foliolate; leaf rhachis usually 1.5–6 mm long, appressed hairy; leaflets oblanceolate to obovate, 5–18 mm long, 2–4 times as long as wide, apical leaflets longest; all leaflets appressed hairy on both surfaces. Flowers in usually 5–6-flowered umbels; peduncle 2–9 cm long, occasionally longer. Calyx light green often purple-tinged, appressed pubescent; teeth 1.5–3 mm long, triangular. Corolla white or cream, the standard sometimes veined with purple, the keel with purple tip; standard 7–9 mm long, usually shorter than the wings, margins infolded over 4–5 mm from the base, the upper third wider and abruptly bent upward; wings 9–11 mm long; keel c. 1 mm shorter than the wings. Pod up to 35 mm long but often much shorter, reddish-brown to greyish-brown.
Type location:
South Africa
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: discolor: not of the same colour
Habitat: Montane grassland, miombo woodland and along margins of evergreen.
Altitude range: 1230 - 2280 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Angola, eastern Nigeria, Cameroon, eastern DRC, Uganda, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, ?Zimbabwe, Eswatini and South Africa.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,E
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Mc
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Wednesday 12 September 2018
Literature:

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 164. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 37.

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 70. As Lotus discolor

Martins, E.S. et al. (2003). Papilionoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(7) Pages 6 - 7.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 62.

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 94.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Lotus discolor
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Flora Zambesiaca web site: Lotus discolor
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Lotus discolor
JSTOR Plant Science: Lotus discolor
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Lotus discolor
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Lotus discolor
Plants of the World Online: Lotus discolor
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Wikipedia: Lotus discolor


Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-21

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2021). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Lotus discolor subsp. discolor.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=128540, retrieved 12 May 2021

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