Otholobium foliosum (Oliv.) C.H. Stirt.
subsp. gazense (Baker f.) Verdc.

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Otholobium foliosum subsp. gazense

Picture: Bart Wursten
Castle Beacon, Vumba

Otholobium foliosum subsp. gazense

Picture: Bart Wursten
Castle Beacon, Vumba

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Synonyms: Psoralea foliosa Oliv.
Common names:
Status: Native
Small shrub, 1-3 m tall. Branchlets densely pubescent. Leaves 3-foliolate; leaflets obovate to oblanceolate, up to 3.5 cm long, rounded to notched at the apex with a small recurved mucronate tip, densely gland-dotted on both surfaces; margin entire. Flowers in dense axillary and sub-terminal heads; standard white to pale mauve-blue with a darker purple centre or purple veining; keel purple with yellow glands at the tip. Pod up to 7 × 4 mm, papery, minutely velvety.
Type location:
Derivation of specific name: foliosum: leafy
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Flowering time:Dec - Feb
Worldwide distribution: Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Mpumalanga, South Africa.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca):
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Endemic status: Near Endemic
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Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 324. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 41. As Otholobium foliosum

Darbyshire, I., Timberlake, J., Osborne, J., Rokni, S., Matimele, H., Langa. C., Datizua, C., de Sousa, C., Alves, T., Massingue, A., Hadj-Hammou, J., Dhanda, S., Shah, T., Wursten, B. (2019). The endemic plants of Mozambique: diversity and conservation status Phytotaxa 136 Page 86.

Drummond, R.B. (1972). A list of Rhodesian Legumes. Kirkia 8(2) Page 225. as Psoralea foliosa

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 245. As Psoralea foliosa

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 50.

Verdcourt, B. (2000). Papilionoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(6) Pages 46 - 48. (Includes a picture).

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

Other sources of information about Otholobium foliosum subsp. gazense:

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Flora of Mozambique: Otholobium foliosum subsp. gazense
Flora of Zimbabwe: Otholobium foliosum subsp. gazense

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

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: Species information: Otholobium foliosum subsp. gazense.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=129540, retrieved 24 May 2024

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