Tylosema esculentum (Burch.) Schreiber

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Synonyms: Bauhinia esculenta Burch.
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Derivation of specific name: esculentum: edible, referring to the roasted seeds and the tuber.
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Worldwide distribution: Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe and South Africa.
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Brummitt, R.K., Chikuni, A.C., Lock, J.M. & Polhill, R.M. (2007). Leguminosae Subfamily Caesalpinioideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(2) Page 29.

Kirby, G. (2013). Wild Flowers of Southeast Botswana Struik Nature, Cape Town South Africa Page 188. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 73.

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Flora of Botswana: Tylosema esculentum
Flora of Zimbabwe: Tylosema esculentum

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Tylosema esculentum
African Plant Database: Tylosema esculentum
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Tylosema esculentum
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Tylosema esculentum
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Tylosema esculentum
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Tylosema esculentum
JSTOR Plant Science: Tylosema esculentum
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Tylosema esculentum
Plants of the World Online: Tylosema esculentum
Tropicos: Tylosema esculentum
Wikipedia: Tylosema esculentum

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-23

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2023). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Tylosema esculentum.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=169720, retrieved 28 November 2023

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