Aeschynomene trigonocarpa Taub. ex Baker f.

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Aeschynomene trigonocarpa

Mar 1996
Photo: Mike Bingham

Aeschynomene trigonocarpa

Mar 1996
Photo: Mike Bingham

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Synonyms: Aeschynomene goetzei Harms
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Status: Native
Woody herb or small shrub 0.8–3 m tall with slender stems, glandular pubescent with tubercular-based hairs when young; bark on older stems peeling to reveal a powdery rusty-red surface. Leaves 16–40-foliolate; leaflets linear to linear-oblong or oblanceolate, 3–8 mm long, hairless; midrib central; other venation rather obscure; petiole and rhachis together 1.5–3.5 cm long; stipules narrowly lanceolate, 7–12 mm long, conspicuously appendaged on one side at the base, sometimes more or les persistent. Inflorescences axillary, laxly several-flowered; peduncle 1–2 cm long; pedicels 3–5.5 mm long, with tubercular-based hairs; bracts 2–3-fid, elliptic-lanceolate, 4 mm long, hairless, soon falling; bracteoles narrowly oblong-lanceolate, 2.5 mm long, soon falling. Calyx 2-lipped, hairless. Standard dark yellow, tinged brown outside, 7.5–10 mm long; wings yellow; keel pale yellow. Fruit of 1 or rarely 2 triangular articles 7–11 long and 6–8 mm wide, compressed, hairless or finely velvety on the thickened margins.
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Notes: Red data list status: Lower Risk: Least Concern
Derivation of specific name: trigonocarpa: with 3-sided fruit
Habitat: In miombo woodland or in Acacia–Commiphora woodland, often on rocky hills, sometimes in grassland or old cultivations
Altitude range: 1200 - 1740 m
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Worldwide distribution: Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,C,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): N,C,Lk,S
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Content last updated: Wednesday 23 August 2017

Drummond, R.B. (1972). A list of Rhodesian Legumes. Kirkia 8(2) Page 216.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 246.

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 46.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 57.

Steedman, E.C. (1933). Some Trees, Shrubs and Lianes of Southern Rhodesia. Page 22.

Verdcourt, B. (2000). Papilionoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(6) Pages 108 - 109. illustration of pod on page 63. (Includes a picture).

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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-23

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2023). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Aeschynomene trigonocarpa., retrieved 5 February 2023

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