Adenodolichos exellii Torre

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Common names:
Status: Native
Subshrub 0.9 [2.5]* m tall; stems ridged, shortly ferruginous pubescent. Leaflets 3, 9–17 × [5] 8–12 cm, the terminal broadly elliptic or slightly rhombic-elliptic, the laterals slightly oblique, rounded to acute at the apex, truncate to subcordate at the base, sparsely appressed pubescent on upper surface, pubescent and glandular beneath, the venation strongly raised and reticulate beneath; petiole [3] 5.5–10 cm long; rhachis 1.8–4.5 cm long; petiolules 5–10 mm long; stipules [not seen] 11 × 1.5 mm, lanceolate. Inflorescences axillary and terminal, branched at the base, the axillary ones shorter than the leaves, [5] 7–17 cm long, the terminal ones 30 cm long or more; pedicels 5–8 mm long; bracts 5 [7] × 1.5 [5] mm, lanceolate; bracteoles 6 mm long, linear; all parts fulvous pubescent. Calyx tube 4 mm long; lowest lobe 12 × 3 mm, the rest 7.5 × 1.8–2.5 mm, lanceolate, the upper pair joined for just over half their length. Flowers violet-red or purple; standard [16 × 13], c. 12 mm in diameter, round, auriculate at the base and with 2 close calli near the base; claw 2 mm long, channelled; wings (10)13 mm long including the 3.8 mm long claw, the spur narrow, almost as long as the claw, blade rounded, 5 mm wide. Pods 5.5 × 1.2–1.6 cm, oblanceolate-falcate [not known]. Ripe seeds not seen.(Source: JSTOR)
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Habitat: Open bushland and Brachystgegia woodland.
Altitude range: 1350 - 2000 m
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Worldwide distribution:
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,N/E,W
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw,N,Mc
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Mackinder, B. et al. (2001). Papilionoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(5) Page 248.

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External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Adenodolichos exellii
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Adenodolichos exellii
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Adenodolichos exellii
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Adenodolichos exellii
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Adenodolichos exellii
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Adenodolichos exellii
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Adenodolichos exellii
iNaturalist: Adenodolichos exellii
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Adenodolichos exellii
JSTOR Plant Science: Adenodolichos exellii
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Adenodolichos exellii
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Adenodolichos exellii
Plants of the World Online: Adenodolichos exellii
Tropicos: Adenodolichos exellii
Wikipedia: Adenodolichos exellii

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-21

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2021). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Adenodolichos exellii., retrieved 9 May 2021

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