Uraria picta (Jacq.) DC.

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Uraria picta

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nhambita near Gorongosa National Park.

Uraria picta

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nhambita near Gorongosa National Park.

Uraria picta

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nhambita near Gorongosa National Park.

Uraria picta

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nhambita near Gorongosa National Park.

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Synonyms: Hedysarum pictum Jacq.
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Status: Native
Description:
Tall perennial herb, up to 1.8 m tall. Stems with short, rough hairs. Leaves imparipinnate with 5-9 leaflets (lowermost leaves often 1-3-foliolate); leaflets narrowly lanceolate, 7-25 cm long (lowermost smaller), often variegated, shiny and hairless above, rough hairy below; margins entire. Inflorescence a long terminal densely many-flowered spike-like raceme, up to 55 cm long, covered in long whitish hairs. Flowers pink, bluish or reddish. Fruit 5-9 mm long, folded into 3-6 segments, brown to black, turning greyish-white when old.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: picta: brilliantly marked, ornamental (in this case referring to the variegated leaves)
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Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical Africa, Asia and northern Australia.
Malawi distribution: N,S
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Literature:

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 52.

Verdcourt, B. (2000). Papilionoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(6) Pages 34 - 35. (Includes a picture).

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


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: Uraria picta.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=131010, retrieved 18 April 2024

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