Otholobium foliosum (Oliv.) C.H.Stirt.
subsp. foliosum

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Otholobium foliosum subsp. foliosum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Lusero Forest, Nyika National Park

Otholobium foliosum subsp. foliosum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Lusero Forest, Nyika National Park

Otholobium foliosum subsp. foliosum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Lusero Forest, Nyika National Park

Otholobium foliosum subsp. foliosum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Lusero Forest, Nyika National Park

Otholobium foliosum subsp. foliosum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Lusero Forest, Nyika National Park

Otholobium foliosum subsp. foliosum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Lusero Forest, Nyika National Park

Otholobium foliosum subsp. foliosum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Lusero Forest, Nyika National Park

Otholobium foliosum subsp. foliosum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Lusero Forest, Nyika National Park

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Synonyms: Psoralea foliosa Oliv.
Common names:
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Small shrub, 1-3 m tall. Branchlets densely pubescent. Leaves 3-foliolate; leaflets obovate to oblanceolate, up to 3.5 cm long, acute the apex with a small recurved mucronate tip, densely gland-dotted on both surfaces; margin entire. Flowers in dense axillary and sub-terminal heads; standard white to pale mauve-blue with a darker purple centre or purple veining; keel purple with yellow glands at the tip. Pod up to 7 × 4 mm, papery, minutely velvety.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: foliosum: leafy, referring to the crowded leaves towards the branch ends.
Habitat: Montane grassland, evergreen forest margins and along edges of lakes and streams.
Altitude range: 1980 - 2135 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Kenya, Tanzania and the Nyika area in Malawi and Zambia.
Malawi distribution: N
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Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Wednesday 5 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 167. (Includes a picture).

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 63.

Verdcourt, B. (2000). Papilionoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(6) Pages 46 - 48. (Includes a picture).

White, F., Dowsett-Lemaire, F. & Chapman, J.D. (2001). Evergreen forest flora of Malawi Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Page 332. as Otholobium foliosum

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Otholobium foliosum
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Otholobium foliosum
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Otholobium foliosum
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Otholobium foliosum
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Otholobium foliosum
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Otholobium foliosum
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Otholobium foliosum
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Otholobium foliosum
JSTOR Plant Science: Otholobium foliosum
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Otholobium foliosum
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Otholobium foliosum
Plants of the World Online: Otholobium foliosum
Tropicos: Otholobium foliosum
Wikipedia: Otholobium foliosum


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: Otholobium foliosum subsp. foliosum.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=223190, retrieved 25 June 2022

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