Aeschynomene indica L.

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Aeschynomene indica

Picture: Bart Wursten
Patrick's island, Katombora, Zambezi

Aeschynomene indica

Picture: Bart Wursten
Patrick's island, Katombora, Zambezi

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Synonyms: Aeschynomene oligantha Welw. ex Baker
Common names:
Status: Native
Erect shrubby annual, up to 2.5 m. Leaves compound with 16-50 leaflets. Leaves sometimes sensitive. Inflorescences leaf-opposed or axillary with 1-6 flowers. Flowers cream to pale yellow with reddish or purple lines, particularly on the outside. Pods 2.5-5 cm long, slightly constricted on one side.
Type location:
Derivation of specific name: indica: of India
Habitat: In grassland and scrub, usually in very wet places such as floodplains, river edges, pans and swamps.
Altitude range: Up to 1200 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical and South Africa, Madagascar, Asia, Australia and North America.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): B,N,W,C,E,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Lk,S,W
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Timberlake, J.R. & Childes, S.L. (2004). Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Technical Reviews Volume Two (Chapter 5-15) Appendix 5-1: Plant Checklist Occasional Publications in Biodiversity 15 Page 210.

Verdcourt, B. (2000). Papilionoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(6) Pages 67 - 68.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Aeschynomene indica
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Aeschynomene indica
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Wikipedia: Aeschynomene indica

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: Aeschynomene indica., retrieved 22 February 2024

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