3810.000 Alysicarpus Desv.

Verdcourt, B. (2000) Papilionoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(6)

Description of the genus

Herbs. Stipules free or joined; stipels present. Leaves 1-foliolate, rarely pinnately 3-foliolate. Inflorescences axillary, terminal or leaf-opposed, falsely racemose or rarely paniculate; the flowers usually paired. Bracts scarious. Calyx glumaceous, appearing 4-lobed, the 2 upper calyx teeth entirely connate or almost so. Standard variously coloured. Ovary sessile or shortly stalked with several-many ovules. Pod transversely jointed, subcylindric or somewhat flattened, constricted between the articles or not.

Comment: All species present in Malawi have very similar flowers; the leaves in the species are variable and can be similar. The only reliable way to identify specimens at species level is when fruit are present.

Worldwide: 25 species in the Old World tropics

Malawi: 6 taxa.

Alysicarpus zeyheri

Links to taxa:     View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this genus

SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
glumaceus (Vahl) DC. subsp. glumaceus N,SDescription, Image
ovalifolius (Schumach.) J. LéonardN,SDescription
rugosus (Willd.) DC. subsp. perennirufus J. LéonardN,CDescription, Image
rugosus (Willd.) DC. subsp. reticulatus Verdc. N
rugosus (Willd.) DC. subsp. rugosus N,SDescription
zeyheri Harv.N,C,SDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Alysicarpus:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Alysicarpus
Flora of Caprivi: Alysicarpus
Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Alysicarpus
Flora of Mozambique: Alysicarpus
Flora of Zambia: Alysicarpus
Flora of Zimbabwe: Alysicarpus

External websites:

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

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Malawi: Genus page: Alysicarpus.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=747, retrieved 13 April 2024

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