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This species is accepted, and its native range is Tanzania to S. Tropical Africa.

[FZ]

Leguminosae, B. Mackinder, R. Pasquet, R. Polhill and B. Verdcourt. Flora Zambesiaca 3:5. 2001

Habit
Erect or decumbent perennial herb with 1–several usually unbranched stems, 3–15 cm tall from a small round or turnip-shaped tuber 1–2.5 × 0.5–2.2 cm.
Stem
Stems leafy, somewhat zigzag, slender, pubescent with appressed or spreading white hairs.
Leaves
Leaves 1-foliolate; leaflet 0.7–5.2 × 0.2–1.7 cm, elliptic-lanceolate, elliptic-oblong, obovate or even obtriangular or obcordate, acute to emarginate and also mucronulate at the apex, cuneate or narrowly rounded at the base, glabrous to very sparsely hairy on both surfaces and margins, densely glandular-punctate beneath; venation raised above; petiole obsolete or scarcely 1 mm long, often bristly pubescent; petiolule 1–2 mm long; stipules 2–3.5 × 0.5 mm, lanceolate or triangular.
Inflorescences
Inflorescences axillary, mostly hidden amongst the leaves, 1–2-flowered; peduncle 2–9 mm long, pubescent; rhachis 1–2 mm long; pedicels 0.5–2 mm long; bracts minute.
Calyx
Calyx pubescent and densely glandular, 2–2.5 mm long; lobes equal, ovate or narrowly triangular, ± equalling the tube in length.
Corolla
Standard yellow, 5–5.5 × 2.5–3.8 mm, obtriangular or obovate, emarginate, with scattered hairs and numerous greenish-yellow glands; wings deep yellow; keel greenish.
Fruits
Pods 6.5–8 × 5–5.5 mm, ovate- or elliptic-oblong, puberulous and with longer brown hairs c. 0.8 mm long.
Seeds
Seeds brown or grey-brown with dark speckling, 2.5 × 2 × 1 mm, reniform; rim aril orange.

[ILDIS]

International Legume Database and Information Service

Conservation
Not Threatened
Ecology
Africa: Zambezian woodland
Habit
Perennial, Not climbing, Herb

[FTEA]

Leguminosae, J. B. Gillett, R. M. Polhill & B. Verdcourt. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1971

Habit
Erect or decumbent perennial herb with 1–several, usually unbranched, stems 3–15 cm. tall from a small round or turnip-shaped tuber 1–2·5 cm. long and 0·5–2· 2 cm. wide.
Stem
Stems leafy, somewhat zigzag, slender, pubescent with adpressed or spreading white hairs.
Leaves
Leaves 1-foliolate; leaflet elliptic-lanceolate, elliptic-oblong, obovate or even obtriangular or obcordate, 0.7–5· 2 cm. long, 0.2–1.7 cm. wide, acute to emarginate and also mucro-nulate at the apex, cuneate or narrowly rounded at the base, glabrous to very sparsely hairy on both surfaces and margins, densely glandular-punctate beneath; venation raised above; petiole obsolete or scarcely 1 mm. long, often bristly pubescent; petiolule 1-2 mm. long; stipules lanceolate or triangular, 2–3.5 mm. long, 0.5 mm. wide.
Inflorescences
Inflorescences axillary, mostly hidden amongst the leaves, 1–2-flowered; peduncle 2–9 mm. long, pubescent; rhachis 1–2 mm. long; pedicels 0.5–2 mm. long; bracts minute.
Calyx
Calyx pubescent and densely glandular, 2–2.5 mm. long; lobes equal, ovate or narrowly triangular, ± equalling the tube.
Corolla
Standard yellow, obtriangular or obovate, 5-5.5 mm. long, 2.5-3.8 mm. wide, emarginate, with scattered hairs and numerous greenish-yellow glands; wings deep yellow; keel greenish.
Fruits
Pods ovate- or elliptic-oblong, 6.5–8 mm. long, 5-5.5 mm. wide, puberulous and with longer brown hairs ± 0.8 mm. long.
Seeds
Seeds brown or grey-brown with dark speckling, reniform, longest dimension 2.5 mm., shorter dimension 2 mm., 1 mm. thick; rim-aril orange.

Native to:

Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Eriosema pumilum Verdc. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Apr 1, 1970 Milne-Redhead, E. [8502], Tanzania K000419700 holotype

First published in Kew Bull. 25: 134 (1971)

Accepted by

  • Mackinder, B., Pasquet, R., Polhill, R. & Verdcourt, B. (2001). Flora Zambesiaca 3(5): 1-261. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Govaerts, R. (2001). World Checklist of Seed Plants Database in ACCESS E-F: 1-50919.
  • Lock, J.M. (1989). Legumes of Africa a check-list: 1-619. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Mackinder, B., Pasquet, R., Polhill, R. & Verdcourt, B. (2001). Flora Zambesiaca 3(5): 1-261. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Verdc. in Kew Bulletin 25: 134, fig. 7 (1971).

International Legume Database and Information Service

  • Gillett, J. B. et al. (1971). Papilionoideae. In: Fl. Trop. E. Africa, Milne-Redhead & Polhill

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