Kotschya aeschynomenoides (Baker) Dewit & P.A.Duvign.

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Kotschya aeschynomenoides

Picture: Bart Wursten
Chisanga Falls, Nyika National Park

Kotschya aeschynomenoides

Picture: Bart Wursten
Chisanga Falls, Nyika National Park

Kotschya aeschynomenoides

Picture: Bart Wursten
Chisanga Falls, Nyika National Park

Kotschya aeschynomenoides

Picture: Bart Wursten
Chisanga Falls, Nyika National Park

Kotschya aeschynomenoides

Picture: Bart Wursten
At junction of Thazima-Kaperekezi rd and Chelinda rd, Nyika National Park

Kotschya aeschynomenoides

Picture: Bart Wursten
At junction of Thazima-Kaperekezi rd and Chelinda rd, Nyika National Park

Kotschya aeschynomenoides

Picture: Bart Wursten
At junction of Thazima-Kaperekezi rd and Chelinda rd, Nyika National Park

Kotschya aeschynomenoides

Picture: Bart Wursten
At junction of Thazima-Kaperekezi rd and Chelinda rd, Nyika National Park

Kotschya aeschynomenoides

Picture: Bart Wursten
At junction of Thazima-Kaperekezi rd and Chelinda rd, Nyika National Park

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Synonyms: Damapana aeschynomenoides (Welw. ex Baker) Kuntze
Smithia aeschynomenoides Welw. ex Baker
Smithia mildbraedii Harms
Smithia ruwenzoriensis Baker f.
Smithia sphaerocephala Baker
Smithia volkensii Taub.
Common names:
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Mostly erect, aromatic shrub 0.5–3 m tall. Stems sticky and glandular, densely covered with bristly tubercle-based hairs. Leaves 16–34-foliolate; leaflets oblong to oblong-lanceolate, 2–17 mm long, obtuse and mucronulate at the apex, asymmertric at the base, hairless save for sparse glandular hairs on the main vein beneath; basal veins 2–3, the main one submarginal; stipules lanceolate, 4–7 mm long, glandular-ciliate. Inflorescences axillary, often curved, dense; peduncle 5–15 mm long; pedicels 5–7 mm long; bracts free, falcate-lanceolate or ovate, 2–6 mm long, asymmetric at the base, pubescent. Calyx pubescent, 4–8 mm long, 2-lipped; lips elliptic or oblong, the upper deeply emarginate, the lower deeply divided into 3 rounded or acute ovate lobes. Standard white, pale lilac or bluish-violet, often darker veined mauve, 8–12 mm long, rounded, emarginate, hairless except for a few hairs on the central vein; claw conspicuous, wings white; keel white or bluish-violet. Fruit of 1–2 articles, each 2–2.5 mm long and wide, semicircular, hairless.
Type location:
Syntypes from Angola
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: aeschynomenoides: like an Aeschynomene, probably referring to the similarity of the fruit to those of that genus.
Habitat: In Brachystegia woodland, along margins of evergreen forest, seasonal streams, river banks, marshes, swamps, dambos or boggy drainage channels on granite outcrops.
Altitude range: 1200 - 2280 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Angola, DRC, Rwanda, Uganda, Sudan, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi and Zambia.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,W,C,E
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Cb,N,Mc
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Saturday 15 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 163.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 62.

Verdcourt, B. (2000). Papilionoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(6) Pages 128 - 130.

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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: Kotschya aeschynomenoides.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=195940, retrieved 6 July 2022

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