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 Caprivi: cultivated Sphenostylis
Flora of Mozambique: Sphenostylis
Flora of Zambia: Sphenostylis
Flora of Zimbabwe: Sphenostylis

External websites:

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

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: Sphenostylis.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=778, retrieved 23 June 2024

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