Eriosema shirense Baker f.
var. shirense

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Eriosema shirense var. shirense

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mpinge Pass, Great Dyke

Eriosema shirense var. shirense

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mpinge Pass, Great Dyke

Eriosema shirense var. shirense

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mpinge Pass, Great Dyke

Eriosema shirense var. shirense

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mpinge Pass, Great Dyke

Eriosema shirense var. shirense

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mpinge Pass, Great Dyke

Eriosema shirense var. shirense

Photo: Bart Wursten
Kopje Tops, Mavhuradonha Wilderness Area

Eriosema shirense var. shirense

Photo: Bart Wursten
Kopje Tops, Mavhuradonha Wilderness Area

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Synonyms: Eriosema filipendulum Welw. ex Baker f.
Common names: Tsombori (English)
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Perennial herb with 1-few erect stems up to c. 'à cm high growing from a tuberous rootstock. Leaves mostly 3-foliolate. Leaflets elliptic to lanceolate, up to 14 cm long, covered with long spreading hairs, particularly on the margins and veins beneath; petiole 1-10 mm long; stipules leaf-opposed,narrowly oblong to lanceolate; 10-23 mm long. Flowers in upper axillary or pseudo-terminal racemes on a ridged, hairy peduncle 1.2-14 cm long. Calyx with long spreading hairs and yellowish glands. Standard cream-coloured with reddish or brownish veins outside, often more yellow inside; wings yellow, keel greenish. Pods broadly oblong-elliptic, 1-1.3 cm long, covered in long rust-coloured hairs.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: shirense: of the Shire Valley in Southern Malawi, where the type specimen was collected.
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Worldwide distribution: Angola, Cameroon, Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Malawi distribution: N,C,S
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Literature:

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 159.

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 16. As Eriosema shirense oubanguiense

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 68.

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

Mackinder, B. et al. (2001). Papilionoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(5) Pages 233 - 234.

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.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 60.

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 94.

Other sources of information about Eriosema shirense var. shirense:

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Flora of Mozambique: Eriosema shirense var. shirense
Flora of Zambia: Eriosema shirense var. shirense
Flora of Zimbabwe: Eriosema shirense var. shirense

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Eriosema shirense
African Plant Database: Eriosema shirense
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Eriosema shirense
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Eriosema shirense
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Eriosema shirense
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Eriosema shirense
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Eriosema shirense
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Eriosema shirense
iNaturalist: Eriosema shirense
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Eriosema shirense
JSTOR Plant Science: Eriosema shirense
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Eriosema shirense
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Eriosema shirense
Plants of the World Online: Eriosema shirense
Tropicos: Eriosema shirense
Wikipedia: Eriosema shirense


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-20

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2020). Flora of Malawi: Species information: Eriosema shirense var. shirense.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=132120, retrieved 31 October 2020

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