Dolichos sericeus E. Mey.
subsp. sericeus

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Dolichos sericeus subsp. sericeus

Picture: Bart Wursten
Entrance to Zovo Chipolo Trail, Nyika National Park

Dolichos sericeus subsp. sericeus

Picture: Bart Wursten
Entrance to Zovo Chipolo Trail, Nyika National Park

Dolichos sericeus subsp. sericeus

Picture: Bart Wursten
Entrance to Zovo Chipolo Trail, Nyika National Park

Dolichos sericeus subsp. sericeus

Picture: Bart Wursten
Entrance to Zovo Chipolo Trail, Nyika National Park

Dolichos sericeus subsp. sericeus

Picture: Bart Wursten
Entrance to Zovo Chipolo Trail, Nyika National Park

Dolichos sericeus subsp. sericeus

Picture: Bart Wursten
Entrance to Zovo Chipolo Trail, Nyika National Park

Dolichos sericeus subsp. sericeus

Picture: Bart Wursten
Entrance to Zovo Chipolo Trail, Nyika National Park

Dolichos sericeus subsp. sericeus

Picture: Bart Wursten
Kaperekeza road, Nyika National Park

Dolichos sericeus subsp. sericeus

Picture: Bart Wursten
Kaperekeza road, Nyika National Park

Dolichos sericeus subsp. sericeus

Picture: Bart Wursten
Kaperekeza road, Nyika National Park

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Synonyms: Dolichos formosus sensu Robyns non A. Rich. sensu stricto.
Dolichos shuterioides Baker
Rhynchosia sphaerocephala Baker
Common names:
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Climbing or prostrate herb, with annual stems 0.6–2.1 m long, more or less densely greyish hairy, growing from a perennial tuberous rootstock. Leaves 3-foliolate; leaflets ovate to slightly rhombic, 0.9–7.2 × 0.5–4.6 cm, sparsely to densely hairy on both surfaces, 3-veined from the base; petiole 1.5–5.8 cm long; petiolules 1–2 mm long; stipules ovate, 4–6 mm long; stipels lanceolate, 3–5 mm long. Inflorescences in axillary clusters or a short racemes on peduncles up to 9.8 cm long; pedicels 3–11 mm long; bracts 1–2 mm long; bracteoles 2–7 mm long. Calyx hairy; tube 3–4 mm long; lobes triangular, 1–6 mm long, upper pair fused along most or all of their length. Standard oblate, pink or magenta fading to bluish-purple, 10–18 mm long; wings purple; keel paler to white. Pods 4.2–7.8 cm long, almost hairless when mature, sometimes persistently velvety, 5–12-seeded.
Type location:
South Africa
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: sericeus: with silky appressed hairs, sericeous
Habitat: In montane evergreen forest, at forest fringes and on river banks.
Altitude range: 1200 - 1850 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in the highlands of tropical Africa from Cameroon to southern Ethiopia and south to KwaZulu-Natal South Africa.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): E
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Mc
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species:
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Content last updated: Wednesday 12 September 2018
Literature:

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. (Includes a picture).

Drummond, R.B. (1972). A list of Rhodesian Legumes. Kirkia 8(2) Page 220.

Mackinder, B. et al. (2001). Papilionoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(5) Pages 93 - 95.

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 48.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 60.

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

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Flora of Malawi: Dolichos sericeus subsp. sericeus
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Flora of Zimbabwe: Dolichos sericeus subsp. sericeus

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Dolichos sericeus
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Dolichos sericeus
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EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Dolichos sericeus
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Dolichos sericeus
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Dolichos sericeus
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Dolichos sericeus
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JSTOR Plant Science: Dolichos sericeus
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Dolichos sericeus
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Dolichos sericeus
The Plant List (version 1.1): Dolichos sericeus
Tropicos: Dolichos sericeus


Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-18

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2018). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Dolichos sericeus subsp. sericeus.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=132480, retrieved 16 November 2018

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