Humularia P.A. Duvign.

Brummitt, R.K., Harder, D.K., Lewis, G.P., Lock, J.M., Polhill, R.M. & Verdcourt, B. (2007) Leguminosae Subfamily Papilionoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(3)

Description of the genus

Erect or prostrate subshrubs or less often small shrubs. Leaves pinnately 2–12-foliolate, the leaflets asymmetrical at the base, often with one part cuneiform and the other rounded or half-cordate; stipules rounded, cordate or unequally auriculate at the base, often similar in size to the leaves, persistent or deciduous; stipels absent. Inflorescences axillary or terminal, in subcylindric bracteate racemes, generally dense and scorpioid, less often lax and zigzag; bracts big, distichous, bilobed, densely imbricate, sometimes ± hiding the flowers and completely hiding the fruits, mostly membranous and coloured; bracteoles membranous, persistent. Calyx 2-lipped, the lips almost free, the upper ± bifid, the lower trifid; corolla small or medium-sized, yellow, orange or reddish, often lined with red. Standard narrowed into a claw; wings spathulate, united by their basal appendages; keel-petals obovate, very shortly joined near the apex, narrowed into a claw. Ovary stipitate, 2-ovuled. Fruit pods somewhat woody, often beaked by the persistent style-base. Seeds rounded-reniform, smooth.

Worldwide: 40 species in Africa.

Malawi: 5 taxa.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
apiculata (De Wild.) P.A.Duvign. N
descampsii (De Wild. & T.Durand) P.A.Duvign. var. abercornensis P.A.Duvign. N,CDescription, Image
drepanocephala (Baker) P.A.Duvign. var. drepanocephala N
drepanocephala (Baker) P.A.Duvign. var. forcipiformis P.A.Duvign. N,C
drepanocephala (Baker) P.A.Duvign. var. homblei (De Wild.) P.A.Duvign. N

Other sources of information about Humularia:

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Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Humularia
Flora of Zambia: Humularia

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

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Malawi: Genus page: Humularia., retrieved 7 December 2023

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