Vigna gazensis Baker f.

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Vigna gazensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Plateau above western slope Nhamassa Valley, Mt. Gorongosa

Vigna gazensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Plateau above western slope Nhamassa Valley, Mt. Gorongosa

Vigna gazensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Plateau between Mt Nhamudimu and Mt Binga, Chimanimani Mts

Vigna gazensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Top ridge Mt Shangani, eastern Chimanimani Mts.

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Synonyms: Vigna luteola sensu Baker
Common names:
Status: Native
Perennial climbing or twining herb. Stems more or less densely velvety. Leaves 3-foliolate; leaflets broadly ovate, up to 11 × 10 cm, somewhat cordate at the base, hairy especially when young. Flowers blue, sometimes purple; standard with 2 L- or U-shaped appendages; keel symmetrical with a 3 mm long beak. Pods 3.5-5 cm long, linear cylindric, curved, hairy; apex with a short curved beak
Derivation of specific name: gazensis: of Gazaland, a historic name for Southern Mozambique.
Habitat: In montane grassland and scrub and along margins of forest.
Altitude range: 1200 - 2200 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Angola, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Madagascar.
Malawi distribution: S
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Endemic status:
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Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 58.

Drummond, R.B. (1972). A list of Rhodesian Legumes. Kirkia 8(2) Page 228.

Mackinder, B. et al. (2001). Papilionoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(5) Pages 131 - 132.

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.

Strugnell, A.M. (2002). Endemics of Mt. Mulanje. The endemic spermatophytes of Mt. Mulanje, Malawi Systematics and Geography of Plants 72 Page 22.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 104.

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

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Flora of Mozambique: Vigna gazensis
Flora of Zimbabwe: Vigna gazensis

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

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: Vigna gazensis., retrieved 30 May 2024

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