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

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Zimbabwe to Mozambique.

    [FZ]

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

    Habit
    Undershrub from a woody rootstock.
    Stem
    Stems erect and up to 60 cm tall, or procumbent and up to 150 cm long, up to 2.5 mm in diameter, woody below, with ± densely appressed or ascending white or yellowish hairs up to 0.5 mm long, glabrescent, the epidermis at first cream-coloured, later dark purple or blackish when dry; internodes usually up to 35 mm long (longer in plants growing in shade).
    Leaves
    Leaves 5-foliolate, usually only the leaf base with stipules and rhachis persisting on older branches; rhachis 1.5–2 mm long (very rarely up to 3 mm), always less than half the length of the basal leaflets; basal leaflets shorter than the lateral and apical ones, symmetrical or slightly asymmetrical at the base, 5–10 × 2–3.5 mm, oblong-elliptic or obovate, obtuse at the base; lateral and apical leaflets up to 15 × 8 mm, the apical one a little narrower than the lateral, cuneate-obovate; all leaflets obtuse or rounded and apiculate at the apex, pubescent on upper and lower surfaces, sometimes sparsely so, with appressed or ascending short hairs, densely marked with purple dots on upper surface and purple dots or wavy lines beneath; stipular glands large, conspicuous, dark purple or blackish.
    Inflorescences
    Umbels 3–5(7)-flowered; peduncle 10–50(65) mm long, strigose; foliage leaf on the peduncle 3-foliolate; pedicels 1.5–2 mm long, strigose; glands (bracts) at the base of the pedicels blackish, pronounced.
    Calyx
    Calyx appressed pubescent; hypanthium c. 0.7 mm long, calyx tube c. 2 mm above the insertion of the stamens; calyx lobes 1.8–2.5 mm long, triangular-acuminate.
    Corolla
    Corolla white or cream-coloured, occasionally pale mauve, the standard with reddish or purplish veining, the keel with purplish tip; standard c. 8 × 4.5 mm, slightly violin-shaped, wedge-shaped at the base, the margins thickened and infolded over 3–4 mm from the base; wings with a curved claw 2–2.5 mm long, the blade 6–7 × 3.5–4 mm, oblong, laterally pouched, auriculate; keel as long as the wings, curved, pointed, the claw c. 2 mm long.
    Filaments
    Filament sheath c. 5 mm long, often papillose near the base; free parts of the shorter filaments c. 2 mm long, those of the longer filaments c. 3 mm long.
    Pistil
    Ovary c. 5 mm long, glabrous, 18–24-ovulate; style 3.5 mm long, slightly curved upwards.
    Fruits
    Pod up to 28 × 2.5 mm, reddish-brown to greyish-brown.
    Seeds
    Seeds 11 or less, c. 1.5 mm long, ovoid, dark grey or greyish-brown.
    [ILDIS]

    International Legume Database and Information Service

    Conservation
    Not Threatened
    Ecology
    Africa: Afromontane grassland
    Habit
    Perennial, Not climbing, Herb/Shrub

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Mozambique, Zimbabwe

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

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Wild, H. [4590], Zimbabwe K000226749 holotype
    Wild, H. [4590], Zimbabwe K000226750

    First published in Kew Bull. 13: 370 (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.
    International Legume Database and Information Service
    • Gillett, J. B. (1958). Kew Bull. 13:361-81. [Lotus in Africa].

    Sources

    Flora Zambesiaca
    Flora Zambesiaca
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0

    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.
    Digital Image © Board of Trustees, RBG Kew http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

    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