1. Family: Fabaceae Lindl.
    1. Genus: Lotus L.
      1. Lotus mlanjeanus J.B.Gillett

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Malawi.

    [ILDIS]

    International Legume Database and Information Service

    Conservation
    Insufficiently known
    Habit
    Perennial, Not climbing, Herb/Shrub
    [FZ]

    Leguminosae, various authors. Flora Zambesiaca 3:7. 2003

    Habit
    Undershrub or perennial herb with numerous straggling herbaceous or rarely woody stems from a woody rootstock.
    Stem
    Stems procumbent, up to 1 m long and 1.5(2.5) mm in diameter, red or light green becoming reddish with age, with an indumentum of sparse, ± appressed or short arching hairs.
    Leaves
    Leaves usually well spaced, 5-foliolate; rhachis 2–5(6) mm long, canaliculate, pubescent; basal leaflets smaller than the others, 4.5–10 × 3–6.5 mm, asymmetrically ovate, obtuse or subacute at the apex, obtuse at the base with a basal angle commonly 90–100º; apical leaflets up to 20 × 7.5 mm, the terminal one larger than the others, cuneate-obovate to oblanceolate, acute to obtuse at the apex; all leaflets sparsely pubescent to subglabrous, sometimes only with a few short hairs on the midrib and petiolules, densely red-dotted above; stipular glands blackish, usually easily visible.
    Inflorescences
    Umbels 3–8-flowered; peduncle 15–70 mm long, strigose to subglabrous; foliage leaf on the peduncle 1–3-foliolate, leaf-like; pedicels 1.5–3 mm long, subglabrous; glands (bracts) at the base of the pedicels blackish.
    Calyx
    Calyx subglabrous, light green tinged red, often the tube red overall; hypanthium c. 1 mm long, calyx tube 2–2.5 mm long above the insertion of the stamens; lobes 2.5–3.5 mm long, triangular-cuspidate.
    Corolla
    Corolla white or pale pink, the standard red-veined or sometimes reddish or brownish on back; standard 9–10 × 5–7 mm, slightly violin-shaped, wedge-shaped at the base, truncate to retuse at the apex, the margins thickened and infolded over c. 4 mm from the base; wings with a claw 3–3.5 mm long, curved, the blade 7.5–9 × 3.5–4.5 mm, oblong, laterally pouched, auriculate; keel as long as the wings, curved, pointed, the claws c. 3 mm long.
    Filaments
    Filament sheath c. 6 mm long; free parts of the shorter filaments c. 2.5 mm long, those of the longer filaments c. 4 mm long.
    Pistil
    Ovary c. 6 mm long, glabrous, c. 23-ovulate; style c. 4 mm long, slightly curved upwards.
    Fruits
    Pod c. 30 × 3.7 mm, terete, brown.
    Seeds
    Seeds c. 2 mm long, ovoid, brown.

    Images

    Distribution

    Lotus mlanjeanus J.B.Gillett appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Oct 1, 1998 Hardy, S. [90], Malawi K000049250
    Oct 1, 1998 Hardy, S. [63], Malawi K000049251
    Jun 9, 1958 Jackson, G. [1875], Malawi K000049234
    Jan 1, 1958 Brass, L.J. [16791], Malawi K000049238
    Jan 1, 1958 Brass, L.J. [16647], Malawi K000049237
    Jan 1, 1958 Brass, L.J. [16400], Malawi K000049236
    Jan 1, 1958 Greenway, P. [6292], Malawi K000049239
    Jan 1, 1958 Whyte, A. [s.n.], Malawi K000049241
    Jan 1, 1958 Mahon, J. [s.n.], Malawi K000049252 holotype
    Brummitt, R.K. [9672], Malawi K000049246
    Brummitt, R.K. [12270], Malawi K000049247
    Chapman, J.D. [463], Malawi K000049242
    Chapman, J.D. [8284], Malawi K000049249
    Chapman, J.D. [5612], Malawi K000049248
    Richards, H.M. [16617], Malawi K000049243
    Purves, J.M. [16], Malawi K000049240
    Pawek, J. [3830], Malawi K000049245
    Goodier, R. [293], Malawi K000049235
    Seagrief, S.C. [s.n.], Malawi K000049244

    First published in Kew Bull. 13: 371 (1958 publ. 1959)

    Accepted by

    • Pope, G.V., Polhill, R.N. & Martins, E.S. (eds.) (2003). Flora Zambesiaca 3(7): 1-274. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Lock, J.M. (1989). Legumes of Africa a check-list: 1-619. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

    Literature

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    • Pope, G.V., Polhill, R.N. & Martins, E.S. (eds.) (2003). Flora Zambesiaca 3(7): 1-274. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

    Sources

    Flora Zambesiaca
    Flora Zambesiaca
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    Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
    'The Herbarium Catalogue, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the Internet http://www.kew.org/herbcat [accessed on Day Month Year]'. Please enter the date on which you consulted the system.
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    International Legume Database and Information Service
    International Legume Database and Information Service (ILDIS) V10.39 Nov 2011
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2019. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

    Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2019. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0