Cyclocarpa stellaris Afzel. ex Baker

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Synonyms: Aeschynomene stellaris (Baker) Roberty
Common names:
Status: Native
Erect or spreading annual, hairless herb 3.5–50 cm tall or long. Leaves 4–10-foliolate; leaflets oblong, elliptic or obovate-oblong, 4–12 mm long, margin very finely toothed; petiole and rhachis together 5–9 mm long; petiolules 0.5 mm long; stipules lanceolate, 3–10 mm long, persistent. Flowers in small, few flowered axillary heads. Standard pale yellow, 3–4 × 1.5–2 mm. Fruit of 8–11 articles arranged in a spiral 4–5 mm in diameter.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In damp places, cracks in rocks and seepage zones, along edges of ponds and dambos.
Altitude range: 210 - 1280 m
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Worldwide distribution: Guinea-Bissau to Gabon and DRCongo, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe; extending to Laos, Borneo, northern Australia and Queensland.
Malawi distribution: S
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Drummond, R.B. (1972). A list of Rhodesian Legumes. Kirkia 8(2) Page 219.

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 47.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 59.

Verdcourt, B. (2000). Papilionoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(6) Pages 158 - 159. (Includes a picture).

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Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Cyclocarpa stellaris
Flora of Mozambique: Cyclocarpa stellaris
Flora of Zambia: Cyclocarpa stellaris
Flora of Zimbabwe: Cyclocarpa stellaris

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

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: Species information: Cyclocarpa stellaris., retrieved 16 April 2024

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