Mucuna coriacea Baker
subsp. irritans (Burtt Davy) Verdc.

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Mucuna coriacea subsp. irritans

Picture: Bart Wursten
Vumba rd near Gateway Gardens

Mucuna coriacea subsp. irritans

Picture: Bart Wursten
Vumba rd near Gateway Gardens

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Synonyms: Mucuna irritans Burtt Davy
Common names:
Trailing or climbing herb with annual stems growing from a perennial root stock. The fruits and parts of the flower are densely covered in highly irritant hairs.
Type location:
South Africa
Derivation of specific name: coriacea: leathery, thick-leaved; irritans: irritant, referring to the the highly irritant hairs.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Jan - May
Worldwide distribution: From the DRC and East Africa south to South Africa
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca):
Zambian distribution (Provinces):
Growth form(s): Climber, shrub over 2 m.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
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Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 39.

Drummond, R.B. (1972). A list of Rhodesian Legumes. Kirkia 8(2) Page 224.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 247.

Mackinder, B. et al. (2001). Papilionoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(5) Pages 20 - 22.

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.

Plowes, D.C.H. & Drummond, R.B. (1990). Wild Flowers of Zimbabwe. Revised edition. Longman, Zimbabwe. No. 59, plate 84

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 101.

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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Mucuna coriacea
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Tropicos: Mucuna coriacea
Wikipedia: Mucuna coriacea

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: Mucuna coriacea subsp. irritans., retrieved 24 April 2024

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