Aeschynomene nyikensis Baker

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Aeschynomene nyikensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Path to Chisanga Falls, Nyika National Park

Aeschynomene nyikensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Path to Chisanga Falls, Nyika National Park

Aeschynomene nyikensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Path to Chisanga Falls, Nyika National Park

Aeschynomene nyikensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Path to Chisanga Falls, Nyika National Park

Aeschynomene nyikensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Path to Chisanga Falls, Nyika National Park

Aeschynomene nyikensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Path to Chisanga Falls, Nyika National Park

Aeschynomene nyikensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Path to Chisanga Falls, Nyika National Park

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Status: Native
Description:
Erect branched shrub, up to c. 3 m tall. Stems covered with viscid tubercular-based hairs when young, sometimes peeling to leave a roughened surface. Leaves fasciculate, 18–26(–40)-foliolate; leaflets linear-oblong, 1.5–3.5 mm long, rather thick, imbricated, pubescent or hairless; petiole and rhachis together up to 8 mm long; stipules lanceolate, 3 mm long. Inflorescences axillary, together usually forming a terminal panicle; rhachis 1.5–5 cm long; peduncle 0.3–1.2 cm long; pedicels 3 mm long; bracts ovate, 3.5 mm long, bifid, striate, pubescent, soon deciduous; bracteoles lanceolate, 5.5 mm long, ciliolate, eventually deciduous. Calyx slightly pubescent, 2-lipped; lips ovate or oblong, 7–10 mm long, one slightly to deeply emarginate, the other slightly trifid. Standard yellow or orange, sometimes lined with purple or red, 1.2–1.5 cm long; wings yellow or orange; keel-petals green or yellow, not laciniate. Pods of 1 or 2 articles joined by a narrow neck; articles elliptic, with upper edge almost straight and lower edge strongly curved, 7.5–10 mm long and 5.6–7 mm wide, compressed with thickened margins, hairless but later minutely verruculose.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: nyikensis: of the Nyika Plateau, where the type specimen was collected.
Habitat: In and at the edges of Brachystegia woodland, sometimes along margins of marshland.
Altitude range: 1200 - 2250 m
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Worldwide distribution: Southern Tanzania and Malawi.
Malawi distribution: N,C,S
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Endemic status: Near Endemic
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Content last updated: Saturday 22 October 2022
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 151.

Verdcourt, B. (2000). Papilionoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(6) Page 103.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Aeschynomene nyikensis
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Aeschynomene nyikensis
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Aeschynomene nyikensis
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Aeschynomene nyikensis
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Aeschynomene nyikensis
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Aeschynomene nyikensis
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Aeschynomene nyikensis
JSTOR Plant Science: Aeschynomene nyikensis
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Aeschynomene nyikensis
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Aeschynomene nyikensis
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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-22

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2022). Flora of Malawi: Species information: Aeschynomene nyikensis.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=195700, retrieved 3 December 2022

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