Eriosema flexuosum Staner

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Eriosema flexuosum

Picture: Bart Wursten
Below Dam 2, Nyika National Park.

Eriosema flexuosum

Picture: Bart Wursten
Below Dam 2, Nyika National Park.

Eriosema flexuosum

Picture: Bart Wursten
Below Dam 2, Nyika National Park.

Eriosema flexuosum

Picture: Bart Wursten
Below Dam 2, Nyika National Park.

Eriosema flexuosum

Picture: Bart Wursten
Below Dam 2, Nyika National Park.

Eriosema flexuosum

Picture: Bart Wursten
Chelinda road before Chozi turn-off, Nyika National Park

Eriosema flexuosum

Picture: Bart Wursten
Chelinda road before Chozi turn-off, Nyika National Park

Eriosema flexuosum

Picture: Bart Wursten
Chelinda road before Chozi turn-off, Nyika National Park

Eriosema flexuosum

Picture: Bart Wursten
Chelinda road before Chozi turn-off, Nyika National Park

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Status: Native
Description:
Prostrate, sometimes mat-forming, perennial herb, with a branched stem 20–50 cm long, growing from tuberous, woody rootstock 1–5 cm long. Stems slender with short and longer yellow or brown bristly hairs. Leaves 1-foliolate, appressed to the ground, ovate or almost round, up to 7.5 cm long , cordate at the base, more or less hairless to sparsely hairy above, pubescent on the veins or more rarely densely velvety and with scattered glands beneath, venation prominent beneath; margins ciliate; petiole c. 2 mm long; stipules triangular-lanceolate, 3–5 mm long, hairy. Inflorescences axillary, 1–3 cm long on peduncle up to 14 cm long, densely covered with short hairs, spreading stiff rusty hairs and glands; bracts linear-lanceolate, 5 mm long, deciduous. Calyx 3–5 mm long, densely covered with short whitish hairs, stiff spreading rusty hairs and glands; lobes linear-lanceolate, 2–4 times as long as the tube. Flowers cream-coloured to yellow, often with reddish-brown veins. Pods ovate-oblong, 8–10 mm long, apiculate, covered with short pubescence, glands and long rusty hairs.
Type location:
Tanzania
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: flexuosum: flexuous, zigzag or wavy, probably referring to the prostrate stems.
Habitat: Montane grassland, in sandy soils along roadsides, sometimes on termite mounds in woodland on granite rocky hillsides.
Altitude range: 1650 - 2250 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: DRC, Burundi, Tanzania, Malawi and Zambia.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,E
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Mc
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Content last updated: Saturday 13 April 2019
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 159.

Mackinder, B. et al. (2001). Papilionoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(5) Pages 240 - 241.

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Flora of Malawi: Eriosema flexuosum

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Eriosema flexuosum
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Eriosema flexuosum
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Eriosema flexuosum
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Eriosema flexuosum
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Eriosema flexuosum
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Eriosema flexuosum
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Eriosema flexuosum
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Eriosema flexuosum
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Eriosema flexuosum
Ispot Southern Africa: Eriosema flexuosum
JSTOR Plant Science: Eriosema flexuosum
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Eriosema flexuosum
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Eriosema flexuosum
The Plant List (version 1.1): Eriosema flexuosum
Tropicos: Eriosema flexuosum


Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-19

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2019). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Eriosema flexuosum.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=196960, retrieved 22 April 2019

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