Cajanus cajan (L.) Millsp.

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Cajanus cajan

Picture: Mark Hyde
Reps Theatre carpark

Cajanus cajan

Picture: Mark Hyde
Reps Theatre carpark

Cajanus cajan

Picture: Mark Hyde
Reps Theatre carpark

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Common names:
Frequency: A rare escape from cultivation
Status: Introduced
Shrub 1.5-3 m. Stems prominently ribbed. Leaflets green above, silvery grey beneath, acute with small yellow glands and prominent venation beneath. Inflorescence brownish glandular-hairy. Standard bright yellow. Pods shiny, glandular-hairy, constricted between the seeds and slightly inflated.
Type location:
Sri Lanka
Notes: Commonly seen as a planted or cultivated shrub but rarely found as a naturalised escape.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In waste places.
Altitude range: Up to 1450 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Cultivated throughout the tropics and subtropics for food and widely naturalised.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): W,E
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Cb,E
Growth form(s): Shrub over 2 m.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Maruca vitrata (Larval foodplant)
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Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 287. (Includes a picture).

Drummond, R.B. (1972). A list of Rhodesian Legumes. Kirkia 8(2) Page 217.

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 163 - 165. (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 46.

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

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Flora of Zimbabwe: Cajanus cajan
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Cajanus cajan

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Cajanus cajan
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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-22

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2022). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Cajanus cajan., retrieved 4 December 2022

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