Rhynchosia stipitata Verdc.

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Rhynchosia stipitata

Open scrubland on Kalahari sand
Mushakabantu Village, Luena, Kaoma Distr.
Mar 2021
Photo: Nick Wightman

Rhynchosia stipitata

Open scrubland on Kalahari sand
Mushakabantu Village, Luena, Kaoma Distr.
Mar 2021
Photo: Nick Wightman

Rhynchosia stipitata

Open scrubland on Kalahari sand
Mushakabantu Village, Luena, Kaoma Distr.
Mar 2021
Photo: Nick Wightman

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Synonyms: Rhynchosia sp.no.2 sensu Drummond (1972)
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Status: Native
Climbing herb, up to 2 m tall with wiry stems, short whitish pubescencent. Leaflets 3; terminal triangular-rhombic, 2.3–7 cm long, with broadly acuminate apex with concave sides;, laterals asymmetrical and similar size, finely shortly pubescent on venation and with dense orange gland dots beneath; petiole 1.7–7 cm long; rhachis 0.6–2.2 cm long; stipules ovate to ovate-lanceolate, 2–3 mm long. Inflorescences axillary, 11–15 cm long including 5–6.5 cm long peduncles; pedicels 9 mm long; bractsovate to elliptic, 4 mm long, deciduous. Calyx finely pubescent and glandular. Standard greenish-white to golden-yellow with purple nerves or purple-brown outside, obovate, 13 mm long, slightly pubescent outside; wings bright golden to pale yellow; keel similarly coloured but often dark at the apex. Pods oblong, 2.3 cm long, raised over the seeds, pale yellow-brown with greenish reticulation, shortly puberulous particularly along the margins; margins distinctly raised; stipe 5–9 mm long.
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Habitat: Brachystegia woodland and Baikiaea thicket on Kalahari Sand, Isoberlinia–Brachystegia–Uapaca woodland on sandy soils and dambo edges, in open grassy woodlands or riverine woodland and valley grassland.
Altitude range: 1050 - 1350 m
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Worldwide distribution: South-eastern Angola, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Botswana.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): B,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): S,W
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Content last updated: Monday 17 May 2021

Drummond, R.B. (1972). A list of Rhodesian Legumes. Kirkia 8(2) Page 226. as Rhynchosia sp. 2

Mackinder, B. et al. (2001). Papilionoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(5) Page 193.

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 51.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 63.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 71.

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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: Rhynchosia stipitata.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=131860, retrieved 25 May 2024

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