Mucuna poggei Taub.
var. pesa (De Wild.) Verdc.

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Mucuna poggei var. pesa

Photo: Bart Wursten
Below Mt Namuli, Mozambique.

Mucuna poggei var. pesa

Photo: Bart Wursten
Below Mt Namuli, Mozambique.

Mucuna poggei var. pesa

Photo: Bart Wursten
Below Mt Namuli, Mozambique.

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Synonyms: Mucuna pesa De Wild.
Common names:
Status: Native
Robust climber or liane, older stems woody, up to 20 cm in diameter. Leaves 3-foliolate; leaflets rhombic, ovate or obovate, up to 19 × 15 cm, sparsely appressed hairy above, densely grey hairy below. Inflorescences axillary, pendulous many-flowered racemes, up to 30 cm long; peduncle up to 20 cm long. Calyx densely velvety and covered with orange-red irritant bristly hairs. Flowers c. 5 cm long, greenish-white to yellowish. Pods up to 20 cm long, somewhat flattened, densely covered in orange-brown, highly irritant hairs, indehiscent.
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Worldwide distribution: DRC, Tanzania, Uganda, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Malawi distribution: N,C,S
Growth form(s): Climber, liane.
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Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 40 - 41. (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 164.

Dowsett-Lemaire, F. (1989). The flora and phytogeography of the evergreen forests of Malawi. I: Afromontane and mid-altitude forests; Bull. Jard. Bot. Nat. Belg. 59(1/2) Page 24. As Mucuna poggei

Drummond, R.B. (1972). A list of Rhodesian Legumes. Kirkia 8(2) Page 224.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 247.

Mackinder, B. et al. (2001). Papilionoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(5) Pages 16 - 17.

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 50.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 101.

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Flora of Mozambique: Mucuna poggei var. pesa
Flora of Zambia: Mucuna poggei var. pesa
Flora of Zimbabwe: Mucuna poggei var. pesa

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Mucuna poggei
African Plant Database: Mucuna poggei
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Mucuna poggei
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Mucuna poggei
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Mucuna poggei
JSTOR Plant Science: Mucuna poggei
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Mucuna poggei
Plants of the World Online: Mucuna poggei
Tropicos: Mucuna poggei
Wikipedia: Mucuna poggei

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: Mucuna poggei var. pesa., retrieved 1 December 2023

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