Calopogonium mucunoides Desv.

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Calopogonium mucunoides

Photo: Bart Wursten
Basoko, Tshopo District, Orientale, DRC. © National Botanic Garden of Belgium

Calopogonium mucunoides

Photo: Bart Wursten
Basoko, Tshopo District, Orientale, DRC. © National Botanic Garden of Belgium

Calopogonium mucunoides

Photo: Bart Wursten
Basoko, Tshopo District, Orientale, DRC. © National Botanic Garden of Belgium

Calopogonium mucunoides

Photo: Bart Wursten
Yangambi, Tshopo District, Orientale, DRC. © National Botanic Garden of Belgium

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Frequency: Apparently rare as an escape.
Status: Introduced
Description:
Trailing or twining herb up to several m long, densely covered in long, rusty, spreading hairs. Leaves 3-foliolate with leaflets elliptic, ovate or rhombic-ovate, mostly 4-10 cm long, appressed hairy on both surfaces; petiole 2-16 cm long. Flowers blue to violet, axillary in 1-several c. 6-flowered clusters, together forming an inflorescence 1-10 cm long on a peduncle 0-17 cm long. Pods linear-oblong, 2-4cm long, straight or curved, densely covered in rusty, bristly hairs.
Notes: Only one collection is known from Malawi of this species as a naturalized escape.
Derivation of specific name: mucunoides: resembling Mucuna another leguminous genus.
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Worldwide distribution: Native to tropical Central and South America and widely cultivated as a cover crop in Africa and Asia, often found as a naturalized escape.
Malawi distribution: N
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Content last updated: Thursday 5 February 2015
Literature:

Mackinder, B. et al. (2001). Papilionoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(5) Page 62.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Calopogonium mucunoides
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Calopogonium mucunoides
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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: Calopogonium mucunoides.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=196350, retrieved 22 February 2024

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