Hylodesmum repandum (Vahl) H.Ohashi & R.R.Mill

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Hylodesmum repandum

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Cecil Kop Nature Reserve, Mutare

Hylodesmum repandum

Picture: Bart Wursten
Bunga Forest lay-by, Vumba

Hylodesmum repandum

Picture: Bart Wursten
Near Chalet 2, Chirinda Forest

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Synonyms: Desmodium repandum (Vahl) DC.
Desmodium scalpe DC.
Hedysarum repandum Vahl
Common names:
Frequency: Frequent
Status: Native
Usually a prostrate, trailing herb but sometimes growing into a more erect subshrub. Stems and branches covered with fine short hairs and longer bristly hairs particularly when young. Leaves 3-foliolate with leaflets rhombic to ovate, 2-11 cm long, with long and short hairs on both surfaces; margin entire, sometimes wavy. Petiole 1-10.5 cm long. Stipules deciduous, brown, oblong-lanceolate, up to 18 × 4 mm, pointed at th apex, finely and dansely puberulous and with scattered longer hairs, patricularly near the node. Inflorescence terminal, 7-30 cm long. Flowers orange to bright red. Fruit 1.3-4.5 cm long, of (1)4-5 obliquely lunate articles covered with hooked hairs, which make them stick tightly to clothing and animal fur.
Type location:
Derivation of specific name: repandum: with wavy margins
Habitat: On the fringes of evergreen and riverine forest.
Altitude range: 900 - 1850 m
Flowering time:Nov - Apr
Worldwide distribution: Widely distributed in the Old World tropics and subtropics.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,W,C,E
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Cb,Mc,Lk
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Content last updated: Monday 6 February 2012

Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 34 - 35. as Desmodium repandum (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 157. as Desmodium repandum (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 20. as Desmodium repandum

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 67. as Desmodium repandum

Drummond, R.B. (1972). A list of Rhodesian Legumes. Kirkia 8(2) Page 219. as Desmodium repandum

Fabian, A. & Germishuizen, G. (1997). Wild Flowers of Northern South Africa. Fernwood Press, Vlaeburg. Pages 168 - 169. as Desmodium repandum (Includes a picture).

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 47. as Desmodium repandum

Ohashi, H. & Mill, R.R. (2000). Hylodesmum a new name for Podocarpium (Leguminosae) Edinburgh Journal of Botany 57(2) Pages 171 - 188.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 59. as Desmodium repandum

Pooley, E. (1998). A Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Region. Natal Flora Publications Trust. Durban. Pages 60 - 61. as Desmodium repandum (Includes a picture).

Steedman, E.C. (1933). Some Trees, Shrubs and Lianes of Southern Rhodesia. Page 24. as Desmodium repandum

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 98. as Desmodium repandum

Verdcourt, B. (2000). Papilionoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(6) Pages 6 - 8. as Desmodium repandum (Includes a picture).

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Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Hylodesmum repandum
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Flora of Mozambique: Hylodesmum repandum
Flora of Zimbabwe: Hylodesmum repandum

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Hylodesmum repandum
African Plant Database: Hylodesmum repandum
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Hylodesmum repandum
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Hylodesmum repandum
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Hylodesmum repandum
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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: Hylodesmum repandum.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=130840, retrieved 24 May 2024

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