1. Family: Fabaceae Lindl.
    1. Genus: Lotus L.
      1. Lotus namulensis Brand

        This species is accepted, and its native range is S. Tropical Afroca to Northern Prov.

    [FZ]

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

    Habit
    Perennial herb with numerous annual stems from a woody rootstock.
    Stem
    Stems erect or ascending, up to 40 cm tall but usually shorter, 0.5–1.5 mm in diameter, rarely up to 2.5 mm, ± quadrangular and grooved, spreading hairy or sometimes sparsely so.
    Leaves
    Leaves usually well spaced but sometimes very distant on lower stem, mainly on more vigorous stems; rhachis 1.5–3 mm long (rarely up to 7 mm), broad, canaliculate, hairy to almost glabrous; basal leaflets 4.5–9 × 1.3–3.5 mm, usually 2.5–4.5 times longer than wide, asymmetrically ovate with a basal angle often 70–80º, rarely up to c. 100º, acute to subacute at the apex; apical leaflets 7–15 × (1.5)2–3.5 mm, oblanceolate, narrower than the basal ones, acute to acuminate; all leaflets sparsely hairy to glabrous on upper surface, glabrous beneath or with long hairs only on the midrib and margins, often with reddish markings above and beneath; stipular glands small, inconspicuous.
    Inflorescences
    Umbels (4)5–8-flowered; peduncle 35–110 mm long, rarely longer, laterally compressed towards the apex, densely to sparsely covered with fulvous or yellowish spreading hairs, rarely almost glabrous; foliage leaf on the peduncle 1-foliolate or 3-foliolate, sometimes 2–3-lobed; pedicels 1.5–3.5 mm long, often densely spreading hairy, rarely subglabrous; glands (bracts) at the base of the pedicels small, oblong, purplish.
    Calyx
    Calyx light green, often with reddish or purplish spots, with sparse long weak hairs, sometimes subglabrous save on the teeth margins; hypanthium c. 0.8 mm long, calyx tube 1.8–2.5 mm above the insertion of the stamens; calyx teeth 2–4 mm long, triangular-acuminate.
    Corolla
    Corolla white with pink, mauve or cream spots, the keel with purplish tip; standard 9–11 × 4.5–5.5 mm, slightly violin-shaped, wedge-shaped at the base, retuse at the apex, the margins thickened and infolded over 3–4 mm from the base; wings 9–11 mm long with the claw 2.5–3 mm long, the blade 6.5–8 × 4–5 mm, laterally pouched, auriculate; keel 8–10 mm long, curved, rostrate, the claws c. 2.5 mm long.
    Filaments
    Filament sheath 5–6 mm long; free parts of the shorter filaments 2–2.5 mm long, those of the longer filaments 3.5–4 mm long.
    Pistil
    Ovary 6–7 mm long, glabrous, 29–30-ovulate; style c. 4 mm long.
    Fruits
    Pod up to 38 × 2.5 mm, usually shorter, terete, purplish or purplish-grey.
    Seeds
    Seeds 24 or usually fewer, c. 1.8 mm long, ovoid to subglobular, dark brown, dull.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Malawi, Mozambique, Northern Provinces, Zimbabwe

    Lotus namulensis Brand appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Last, J.T. [s.n.], Mozambique K000226752
    Harris, T. [403], Mozambique K000613839
    Harris, T. [329], Mozambique K000613765

    First published in Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 25: 213 (1898)

    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
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    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