Humularia descampsii (De Wild. & T.Durand) P.A.Duvign.
var. abercornensis P.A.Duvign.

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Humularia descampsii var. abercornensis

Photo: Margaret Westrop
Luwawa Forestry Reserve, Viphya.

Humularia descampsii var. abercornensis

Photo: Margaret Westrop
Luwawa Forestry Reserve, Viphya.

Humularia descampsii var. abercornensis

Photo: Margaret Westrop
Luwawa Forestry Reserve, Viphya.

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Synonyms: Humularia descampsii (De Wild. & T.Durand) P.A.Duvign. var. nyassica P.A. Duvign.
Common names:
Status: Native
Small shrub up to 1.5 m tall. Stems erect, robust, woody, more or less densely covered with stiff tubercular-based hairs. Leaves 4-6-foliolate; leaflets obovate-oblong or oblong-falcate, 12-26 mm long, obliquely rounded at both ends, pubescent with tubercular-based hairs beneath; main vein completely marginal, ending in a small point not far below the apex of the leaflet; margins finely denticulate; petiole 5–10 mm long and rhachis 2–9 mm long, both scabrid-pubescent like the stems, rhachis prolonged beyond the ultimate leaflets for 2.5–7 mm; stipules rounded to ovate, leaf-like, 5–27 mm long, very unequally bilobed at the base, densely veined, persistent. Inflorescences borne on leafy shoots, 2–5 cm long; with large overlapping bracts greenish-yellow, becoming brown, 10–18 mm long, divided into two lobes for half to two-thirds of their length; lobes ovate, denticulate; bracteoles lanceolate, 2-5 mm long, ciliate. Calyx lobes oblong-lanceolate, 7–10 mm long, upper entire, lower 3-fid. Standard yellow or orange, oblong, 8-9 mm long. Fruit of 1 rounded article, 4–5.5 mm long; upper margin more or less straight, lower margin strongly curved, hairless.
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Habitat: Wooded grassland, Brachystegia woodland, sometimes in rocky places or on termite mounds.
Altitude range: 480 - 1810 m
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Worldwide distribution: This variety only known from Malawi and Zambia
Malawi distribution: N,C
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Content last updated: Saturday 27 February 2021

Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 28 - 29. as Humularia descampsii (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 161.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 61. Included under Humularia descampsii

Verdcourt, B. (2000). Papilionoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(6) Pages 141 - 155. (Includes a picture).

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Humularia descampsii
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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Humularia descampsii
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Humularia descampsii
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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: Humularia descampsii var. abercornensis., retrieved 27 January 2023

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