Clitoria kaessneri Harms

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Clitoria kaessneri

Habit
Miombo woodland
Kipemba area, Kalumbila Distr.
Oct 2022
Photo: Nick Wightman

Clitoria kaessneri

Leaf
Miombo woodland
Kipemba area, Kalumbila Distr.
Oct 2022
Photo: Nick Wightman

Clitoria kaessneri

Flower
Miombo woodland
Kipemba area, Kalumbila Distr.
Oct 2022
Photo: Nick Wightman

Clitoria kaessneri

Flower
Miombo woodland
Kipemba area, Kalumbila Distr.
Oct 2022
Photo: Nick Wightman

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Common names:
Frequency: Uncommon
Status: Native
Description:
Perennial herb, with numerous erect to trailing stems up to 1 m long growing from a woody rootstock; stems slightly flexuous, somewhat angled, pubescent on younger parts; leaves 1–3-foliolate (mostly 1-foliolate) and varying on the same plant; leaflets chartaceous to subcoriaceous, 4–8.5 × (1)2–5 cm, oblong, elliptic or ovate, glabrous apart from hairs on the raised nerves beneath; petiole 3–4 mm long; flowers (1)2–4 per axil, on a peduncle 3–15 mm long; calyx 12–20 mm long, pilose; lobes lanceolate; standard pale mauve, blue or cream-coloured with blue striations, 3.5–4.5 × 2–3(3.5) cm, moderately pubescent outside; pod 3–5-seeded, oblong-clavate, compressed, pubescent, particularly along the raised sutures, glabrescent; seeds black, 7 × 6 × 2 mm.
Type location:
DRC, Katanga
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: kaessneri: after Theodor Wilhelm Kässner, who collected the type specimen
Habitat: Miombo and open woodlands in sandy to rocky soils
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Jul - Oct
Worldwide distribution: DRC (Katanga), Angola and Zambia
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,W
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw,Cb,Mc
Growth form(s): Perennial.
Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Saturday 3 December 2022
Literature:

Mackinder, B. et al. (2001). Papilionoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(5) Page 36.

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External websites:

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


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: Clitoria kaessneri.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=195630, retrieved 14 June 2024

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