Eriosema affine De Wild.

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Eriosema affine

Photo: Bart Wursten
Shenstone, Mt Hampden

Eriosema affine

Photo: Bart Wursten
Shenstone, Mt Hampden

Eriosema affine

Photo: Bart Wursten
Shenstone, Mt Hampden

Eriosema affine

Photo: Bart Wursten
Shenstone, Mt Hampden

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Status: Native
Erect branched perennial, 0.5-1.8 m. Branches blackish and rigid, greyish pubescent when young. Leaves 3-foliolate; leaflets elliptic to obovate-oblong, 4-8 cm long, green and sparsely pubescent above, densely silvery tomentose below with prominent veining and numerous small orange glands present. Flowers in numerous axillary, paniculate clusters, often on leafless branches, bright yellow with reddish-brown on the outside of the standard. Pods elliptic-oblong, up to 3-1.2 cm, densely matted with yellowish or silvery-grey hairs and numerous small glands.
Derivation of specific name: affine: related to or allied to
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Worldwide distribution: Angola, DRC, Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe.
Malawi distribution: N,C
Growth form(s): Shrub over 2 m, shrub under 2 m.
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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.

Coates Palgrave, M. (1989). Guide to the trees and shrubs of the Mukuvisi Woodlands ?publisher. Page 37.

Drummond, R.B. (1972). A list of Rhodesian Legumes. Kirkia 8(2) Page 220.

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 215 - 216.

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 48.

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Flora of Zambia: Eriosema affine
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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Eriosema affine
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Eriosema affine
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Wikipedia: Eriosema affine

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: Eriosema affine., retrieved 16 July 2024

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