3897.000 Rhynchosia Lour.

Mackinder, B. et al. (2001) Papilionoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(5)

Description of the genus

Climbing or prostrate, rarely erect, herbs or subshrubs. Stipules present. Leaves 1-or 3-foliolate; leaflets usually with conspicuous resinous gland-dots beneath. Flowers spreading. Calyx 5-lobed, lobes unequal, the upper pair ± joined. Corolla frequently yellow, lined with brownish-purple. Ovary (1-)2-ovulate. Pods 3-4 × as long as broad, almost circular to narrowly oblong, flattened, often falcate, frequently glandular and velvety. Seeds flattened-spherical or subreniform; funicle inserted at middle of the circular hilum.

Derivation of name: Gk. rhynchos, a beak, snout or horn, referring to the keel of the flowers

Worldwide: c. 300 species, tropics

Malawi: 27 taxa.

The larvae of the following species of insect eat species of this genus:
Leptotes group (Blues)
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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
buchananii HarmsN,C,SDescription
caribaea (Jacq.) DC. var. caribaea S
chapmanii Verdc.S
clivorum S. Moore subsp. pycnantha (Harms) Verdc.N,C,SDescription, Image
densiflora (Roth) DC. subsp. debilis (G.Don) Verdc. S
divaricata BakerNDescription, Image
elegans A.Rich. var. elegans N,C
goetzei HarmsN,C,S
hirta (Andrews) Meikle & Verdc.N,C,SDescription, Image
holstii HarmsN
insignis (O. Hoffm) R.E. Fr.N,C,SDescription, Image
luteola (Hiern) K. Schum. var. luteola N,S
minima (L.) DC. var. minima N,C,S
minima (L.) DC. var. prostrata (Harv.) MeikleC,S
minima (L.) DC.[Agg]N,C,SDescription, Image
minima (L.) DC. var. nuda (DC.) KuntzeC
monophylla Schltr.N,CDescription, Image
nyasica BakerN,C,S
nyikensis Baker N,CDescription, Image
procurrens (Hiern) K. Schum. subsp. floribunda (Baker) Verdc.N,C
pseudoviscosa HarmsS
resinosa (Hochst. ex A. Rich.) BakerN,C,SDescription, Image
sublobata (Schumach. & Thonn.) MeikleSDescription, Image
totta (Thunb.) DC. var. fenchelii SchinzC,SDescription
tricuspidata Baker f. subsp. tricuspidata N
viscosa (Roth) DC. subsp. viscosa var. viscosa N,C
zernyi Harms N

Other sources of information about Rhynchosia:

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

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Rhynchosia
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Rhynchosia
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Rhynchosia
Wikipedia: Rhynchosia
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Rhynchosia
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Rhynchosia

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: Rhynchosia.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=770, retrieved 8 February 2023

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