3898.000 Eriosema (DC.) Rchb.

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

Description of the genus

Erect, rarely prostrate or climbing, herbs or subshrubs. Stipules present. Leaves 1- or 3-foliolate; leaflets often with small glands beneath. Flowers reflexed. Calyx 5-lobed, lobes equal or unequal, the upper free or sometimes partly fused. Corolla basically yellow. Ovary 2-ovulate. Pods up to 2 × as long as broad, oblong or elliptic, flattened, covered with long hairs or glabrescent. Seeds 2, ovoid or oblong; funicle inserted at one end of the linear hilum.

Worldwide: 130 species in tropical and warm areas

Malawi: 26 taxa.

The larvae of the following species of insect eat species of this genus:
Cupidopsis cissus (Common meadow blue)
Philotherma rosa (Rose eggar)
Eriosema montanum

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

SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
affine De Wild.N,CDescription, Image
bauchiense Hutch. & Dalziel N
buchananii Baker f. var. buchananii N,C,SDescription, Image
buchananii Baker f. var. subprostratum Verdc.NDescription, Image
burkei Benth.NDescription
chrysadenium Taub. var. chrysadenium NDescription, Image
ellipticum Welw. ex Baker subsp. ellipticum N,C,SDescription, Image
englerianum HarmsN,C,SDescription, Image
flexuosum Staner NDescription, Image
lebrunii Staner & De CraeneN,SDescription, Image
macrostipulum Baker f. var. macrostipulum N,C,SDescription, Image
montanum Baker f.N,C,SDescription, Image
nutans SchinzN,C,S
pauciflorum KlotzschN,SDescription, Image
psoraleoides (Lam.) G. DonN,C,SDescription, Image
pumilum Verdc. var. pumilum NDescription, Image
pumilum Verdc. var. lanceolatum Verdc.NDescription
ramosum Baker f.C
rhodesicum R.E. Fr. var. rhodesicum N,S
rhynchosioides BakerN
shirense Baker f. var. shirense N,C,SDescription, Image
shirense Baker f. var. pawekiae Verdc.NDescription
ukingense Harms N
verdickii De Wild. var. schoutedenianum (Staner & De Craene) Verdc.NImage
verdickii De Wild. var. verdickii N,C
youngii Baker f. var. youngii SDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Eriosema:

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

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Eriosema
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iNaturalist: Eriosema
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Eriosema
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Eriosema
Plants of the World Online: Eriosema
Tropicos: Eriosema
Wikipedia: Eriosema

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: Eriosema.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=772, retrieved 26 May 2024

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