3907.000 Sphenostylis E. Mey.

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

Description of the genus

Herbs, erect or climbing. Leaves pinnately 3-foliolate; stipules persistent. Inflorescences axillary false racemes. Calyx 5-lobed, 2-lipped. Bracteoles shorter than calyx tube. Corolla yellow, blue or reddish. Standard auriculate, without appendages. Style thick at the base, thin in the middle then flattened and enlarged near the apex. Pods linear, flattened. Seeds without an aril.

Worldwide: 7-8 species in tropical and southern Africa

Malawi: 4 taxa.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
briartii (De Wild.) Baker f.N,SDescription, Image
erecta (Baker f.) Hutch. ex Baker f. subsp. erecta N,C,SDescription, Image
erecta (Baker f.) Hutch. ex Baker subsp. obtusifolia (Harms) Potter & DoyleN
stenocarpa (Hochst. ex A. Rich.) HarmsN,C,SDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Sphenostylis:

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Flora of Mozambique: Sphenostylis
Flora of Zambia: Sphenostylis
Flora of Zimbabwe: Sphenostylis

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

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: Sphenostylis.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=778, retrieved 20 March 2023

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