Alysicarpus zeyheri Harv.

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Alysicarpus zeyheri

Mutinondo Wilderness Area
Apr 2013
Photo: Lari Merret

Alysicarpus zeyheri

Mutinondo Wilderness Area
Apr 2013
Photo: Lari Merret

Alysicarpus zeyheri

Mutinondo Wilderness Area
Apr 2013
Photo: Lari Merret

Alysicarpus zeyheri

Mutinondo Wilderness Area
Apr 2013
Photo: Lari Merret

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Common names:
Status: Native
Erect or somewhat spreading perennial herb 0.1–1.2 m tall, from a tough woody rootstock. Stems glabrous to pubescent. Leaves 1-foliolate; leaflet 1–10 × 0.2–1.8 cm, linear to elliptic or ovate-lanceolate, acute or obtuse and mucronulate at the apex, rounded or slightly cordate at the base, rather thick, finely puberulous and with some longer hairs on the lower surface, strongly reticulate on both surfaces; petiole 1.5–8 mm long; petiolule 0.5–1 mm long; stipules 6–17(27) mm long, lanceolate to ovate-lanceolate. Inflorescences terminal or sometimes axillary, very lax; peduncle 1–2 cm long; rhachis 2.5–45 cm long; pedicels 1–5 mm long; primary bracts 5–7 × 2–3.5 mm, ovate-lanceolate, acuminate, pubescent, ciliate, deciduous; secondary bracts 2–4 mm long, linear. Calyx hairy with brown hairs, or only pubescent or puberulous; tube 1–1.5 mm long; teeth 4–7 × 1.5 mm, elliptic to lanceolate, acuminate, very narrowly imbricate, ciliate. Standard salmon or apricot-coloured, tinged red or mauve, or sometimes cream or yellow, 6–7 × 4–4.5 mm; wings crimson-purple; keel often greenish tinged salmon at the apex. Fruit 7–15 mm long, well exserted from the calyx, much constricted between the articles; articles 2–6, 2.5–3 × 2–2.5 mm, oblong-elliptic, almost smooth, the transverse ridges very obscure, puberulous or rarely glabrous. Seeds pale yellow-brown, 1.5–2 × 1.2–1.5 × 1 mm, oblong.
Type location:
South Africa
Derivation of specific name: zeyheri: named after Carl Zeyher, 1799 - 1858, a German naturalist
Habitat: Open grasslands and woodlands; dambos.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Oct - Dec
Worldwide distribution: Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe. Widespread in tropical Africa, from Sierra Leone and Ethiopia to South Africa.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): B,N,W,E,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw,Mc,C,Lk,S,W
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Endemic status:
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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.

Fowler, D.G. (2007). Zambian Plants: Their Vernacular Names and Uses, Kew Publishing Page 40.

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.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 61.

Verdcourt, B. (2000). Papilionoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(6) Page 40. (Includes a picture).

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Flora of Botswana: Alysicarpus zeyheri
Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Alysicarpus zeyheri
Flora of Malawi: Alysicarpus zeyheri
Flora of Mozambique: Alysicarpus zeyheri
Flora of Zimbabwe: Alysicarpus zeyheri

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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: Alysicarpus zeyheri., retrieved 17 July 2024

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