Sphenostylis briartii (De Wild.) Baker f.

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Sphenostylis briartii

Photo: Petra Ballings
Chelinda staff camp, Nyika National Park

Sphenostylis briartii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chelinda staff camp, Nyika National Park

Sphenostylis briartii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chelinda staff camp, Nyika National Park

Sphenostylis briartii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chelinda staff camp, Nyika National Park

Sphenostylis briartii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chelinda staff camp, Nyika National Park

Sphenostylis briartii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chelinda staff camp, Nyika National Park

Sphenostylis briartii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chelinda staff camp, Nyika National Park

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Synonyms: Sphenostylis wildemaniana Baker f.
Vigna briartii De Wild.
Vigna homblei De Wild.
Vigna matengoana Harms
Common names:
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Perennial trailing or climbing herb up to 1 m long. Stems slender, branched, hairless or sparsely puberulous. Leaflets ovate-elliptic, elliptic or lanceolate, 1.1–5.5 cm long, hairless on both surfaces or sparsely puberulous beneath; petioles 0.6–4 cm long; stipules oblong-lanceolate, 1.3–3.1 mm long. Inflorescences 1–3-flowered on peduncles up to 7 cm long; bracts and bracteoles persistent, lanceolate to oblong-lanceolate, 1.5–3 mm long. Calyx hairless or sparsely puberulous; tube 2.3–5.5 mm long; lower lobes triangular, 0.7–3 mm long; upper pair joined to form a bifid lip. Standard rounded to squarish, emarginate, pale pink or maroon outside, pinkish-mauve inside, purple at the base or with a violet-edged white zone; wings pinkish-mauve; keel pinkish-mauve, white along the lower margin. Pods linear, 3.3–4.6 cm long, pointed, hairless or minutely puberulous along the thickened margins.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: High rainfall Brachystegia woodland and grassland, often in moist ground and by swampy riversides.
Altitude range: 780 - 2300 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Angola, DRC, southern Tanzania, Malawi and Zambia.
Malawi distribution: N,S
Growth form(s):
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Content last updated: Wednesday 4 March 2020
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 169.

Mackinder, B. et al. (2001). Papilionoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(5) Page 73.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 65.

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-20

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2020). Flora of Malawi: Species information: Sphenostylis briartii.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=196370, retrieved 6 June 2020

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