Aeschynomene semilunaris Hutch.

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Aeschynomene semilunaris

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

Aeschynomene semilunaris

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

Aeschynomene semilunaris

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

Aeschynomene semilunaris

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

Aeschynomene semilunaris

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

Aeschynomene semilunaris

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

Aeschynomene semilunaris

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

Aeschynomene semilunaris

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

Aeschynomene semilunaris

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

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Status: Native
Description:
Shrub 1.5–4.5 m tall; bark rough, greyish- to reddish-brown, sometimes lenticellate, appearing jointed at the nodes due to the scars formed by the deciduous stipules; young shoots densely covered with glandular tubercular-based hairs. Leaves 10–28-foliolate, up to 9 cm long; leaflets oblong-elliptic to narrowly oblong, 2.5–17 mm long, rounded to slightly emarginate and very shortly mucronulate at the apex, asymmetric at the base, entire; venation visible beneath; stipules conspicuous, 5–25 × 2.5–8 mm, oblong to lanceolate, deciduous or a few sometimes persistent, hairless or pubescent. Inflorescences in axillary racemes, 3–7 cm long, hairy like the stems, sometimes together appearing as a terminal inflorescence; peduncles 1.3–2 cm long; pedicels 5–6 mm long. Calyx reddish, hairless, 2-lipped; one 2-fid, the other 3-fid. Standard pale yellow, sometimes veined lilac, or crimson, rounded oblong, 10–11 mm long; wings and keel yellow, the latter much exceeding the standard. Fruit of 1–2 semicircular articles, 10–20 × 6–10 mm, compressed, hairless or with a few obscure hairs on the rounded margin.
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Habitat: On rocky slopes and ridges in Brachystegia–Protea woodland and along margins of evergreen forest.
Altitude range: 1200 - 2150 m
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Worldwide distribution: Northern Malawi and Zambia.
Malawi distribution: N
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Content last updated: Sunday 16 September 2018
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 152.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 57.

Verdcourt, B. (1974). Summary of the Leguminosae - Papilionoideae - Hedysareae (sensu lato) of Flora Zambesiaca Kirkia 9(2) Pages 396 - 397.

Verdcourt, B. (2000). Papilionoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(6) Pages 78 - 79.

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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: Aeschynomene semilunaris.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=195870, retrieved 23 April 2024

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