Pleurolobus gangeticus (L.) J.St.-Hil. ex H.Ohashi & K.Ohashi

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Pleurolobus gangeticus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Old cottages at Katiyo Tea Estate.

Pleurolobus gangeticus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Old cottages at Katiyo Tea Estate.

Pleurolobus gangeticus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Old cottages at Katiyo Tea Estate.

Pleurolobus gangeticus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Old cottages at Katiyo Tea Estate.

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Synonyms: Desmodium gangeticum (L.) DC.
Desmodium polygonoides Baker
Hedysarum gangeticum L.
Common names:
Status: Native
Mostly erect shrubby perennial herb 20-200 cm tall, rarely prostrate or straggling. Stems angular, pubescent with longer hairs on the angles. Leaves 1-foliolate, very variable, round, oblong, elliptic or ovate-lanceolate, 0.4-17.5 cm long, rounded or pointed at the apex, almost hairless or with fine very short hairs above, with much longer hairs beneath; margin entire. Petiole 0.5-2.3 cm long. Stipules lanceolate, 7-13 mm long. Inflorescences terminal and axillary, sometimes branched 7-40 cm long. Flowers with standard pink, blue, mauve, white or greenish and dark blue. Fruit 8-25 mm long, of 3-7(8) articles, joined by narrow necks and covered with short hooked hairs, sometimes with longer hairs on the margins.
Derivation of specific name: gangeticum: of the Ganges River, India
Habitat: In various types of woodland an thickets, on kopjes and dunes and in dry sandy ground near water.
Altitude range: Up to 1800 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical Africa and Asia. Naturalized in the West-Indies.
Malawi distribution: N,C,S
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Content last updated: Thursday 18 June 2015

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 157. as Desmodium gangeticum

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 67. as Desmodium gangeticum

Drummond, R.B. (1972). A list of Rhodesian Legumes. Kirkia 8(2) Page 219. as Desmodium gangeticum

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. as Desmodium gangeticum

Ohashi, H. & Ohashi, K. (2019). Desmodium (Leguminosae Tribe Desmodieae) of Africa, Madagascar and the Mascarene Islands Journal of Japanese Botany 94(3) Page 137.

Ohashi, K, Ohashi, H., Nemoto, T., Ikeda, T., Izumi, H., Kobayashi, H., Muragaki, H., Nata, K., Sato, N. & Suzuki, M. (2018). Phylogenetic Analyses for a New Classification of the Desmodium Group of Leguminosae Tribe Desmodieae Journal of Japanese Botany 93(3) Pages 184 - 185.

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

Verdcourt, B. (2000). Papilionoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(6) Pages 9 - 10. as Desmodium gangeticum

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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: Species information: Pleurolobus gangeticus., retrieved 30 September 2023

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