1. Family: Fabaceae Lindl.
    1. Genus: Mucuna Adans.
      1. Mucuna glabrialata (Hauman) Verdc.

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

    [FTEA]

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

    Habit
    Robust climbing herb up to 3 m. long.
    Stem
    Stems glabrescent or sparsely covered with minute adpressed fulvous hairs particularly at the nodes.
    Leaves
    Leaflets rather thick, drying blackish, ovate-rhomboid, the laterals distinctly oblique, 2·6–8·5 cm. long, 2–7·5 cm. wide, broadly rounded or slightly emarginate but mucronulate at the apex, rounded at the base, covered with minute adpressed fulvous hairs; petiole 2·5–18 cm. long; rhachis 1–3 cm. long; petiolules 2·5–6 mm. long; stipules lanceolate or triangular, 4 mm. long, 1·5 mm. wide.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescences 5–15 cm. long above a peduncle 2–9 cm. long; flowers 3 per node, on pedicels 4–5 mm. long; bracts deciduous, lanceolate, 1–1·1 cm. long, 4 mm. wide, pilose with fulvous hairs; bracteoles similar, 7–9 mm. long, 1·5 mm. wide.
    Calyx
    Calyx with adpressed fulvous hairs; tube 5 mm. long, 1 cm. wide; lobes triangular, 4·5–9 mm. long.
    Corolla
    Standard almost black, rounded-ovate, 2·1–2·4 cm. long, 2–2·2 cm. wide; wings deep blackish-red or almost black, 2·5–3·2 cm. long, hairy only along lower margin at base but not on blade above; keel similarly coloured, 2·5–3 cm. long, the tip horny.
    Fruits
    Pods oblong, elongate-sigmoid, 7–8 cm. long, 1·1–1·4 cm. wide, very densely covered with pale yellowish-fulvous irritant hairs.
    Seeds
    Seeds olive-brown to black, rounded in outline or oblong, compressed, longest dimension 8–9·5 mm., shorter dimension 7–8 mm., 2·5–4·5 mm. thick; hilum central, 3·5 mm. long; rim-aril black.
    Figures
    Fig. 82/4, p. 563.
    Habitat
    Brachystegia woodland; 900–1800 m.
    Distribution
    T4 T7 T8
    [ILDIS]

    International Legume Database and Information Service

    Conservation
    Not Threatened
    Ecology
    Africa: Zambezian woodland
    Habit
    Perennial, Climbing, Herb
    [FZ]

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

    Habit
    Robust climbing herb up to 3 m long.
    Stem
    Stems glabrescent or sparsely covered with minute appressed fulvous hairs, particularly at the nodes.
    Leaflets
    Leaflets rather thick, drying blackish, 2.6–8.5 × 2–7.5 cm, ovate-rhombic, the laterals distinctly oblique, broadly rounded or slightly emarginate but mucronulate at the apex, rounded at the base, covered with minute appressed fulvous hairs; petiole 2.5–18 cm long; rhachis 1–3 cm long; petiolules 2.5–6 mm long; stipules 4 × 1.5 mm, lanceolate or triangular.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescences 5–15 cm long above a peduncle 2–9 cm long; flowers 3 per node, on pedicels 4–5 mm long; bracts 10–11 × 4 mm, lanceolate, pilose with fulvous hairs, deciduous; bracteoles similar, 7–9 × 1.5 mm.
    Calyx
    Calyx with appressed fulvous hairs; tube 5 mm long, 1 cm wide; lobes 4.5–9 mm long, triangular.
    Corolla
    Standard almost black, 2.1–2.4 × 2–2.2 cm, rounded-ovate; wings deep blackish-red or almost black, 2.5–3.2 cm long, hairy only along lower margin at base but not on blade above; keel similarly coloured, 2.5–3 cm long, the tip horny.
    Fruits
    Pods 7–8 × 1.1–1.4 cm, oblong, elongate-sigmoid, very densely covered with pale yellowish-fulvous, irritant hairs.
    Seeds
    Seeds olive-brown to black, 8–9.5 × 7–8 × 2.5–4.5 mm, rounded in outline or oblong, compressed; hilum central, 3.5 mm long; rim aril black.

    Images

    Distribution

    Native to:

    Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia, Zaïre

    Mucuna glabrialata (Hauman) Verdc. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Feb 7, 2002 Jackson, G. [1600], Malawi K000071180
    Feb 7, 2002 Fanshawe, D.B. [1155], Zambia K000071186
    Feb 7, 2002 Fanshawe, D.B. [1380], Zambia K000071187
    Feb 7, 2002 Fanshawe, D.B. [2319], Zambia K000071188
    Feb 7, 2002 Fanshawe, D.B. [10198], Zambia K000071190
    Feb 7, 2002 Fanshawe, D.B. [10272], Zambia K000071191
    Feb 7, 2002 Fanshawe, D.B. [10573], Zambia K000071195
    Feb 7, 2002 White, F. [2689], Zambia K000071192
    Feb 7, 2002 Lawton, R.M. [1396], Zambia K000071189
    Feb 7, 2002 Milne-Redhead, E. [562], Zambia K000071184
    Feb 7, 2002 Milne-Redhead, E. [595], Zambia K000071185
    Feb 7, 2002 Mitchell, B.L. [25/74], Zambia K000071193
    Feb 7, 2002 Richards, H.M. [1613], Zambia K000071181
    Feb 7, 2002 Richards, H.M. [1613], Zambia K000071182
    Feb 7, 2002 Richards, H.M. [10026], Zambia K000071183
    Feb 7, 2002 Mutimushi, J.M. [3078], Zambia K000071196
    Feb 7, 2002 Pawek, Jean [2248], Zambia K000071194
    Feb 7, 2002 Clements, F.B. [833], Malawi K000071179
    Sep 10, 1985 Schmitz [1502], Congo K000263323 holotype
    Milne-Redhead, E. [10116], Tanzania 22962.000

    First published in Kew Bull. 24: 289 (1970)

    Accepted by

    • Mackinder, B., Pasquet, R., Polhill, R. & Verdcourt, B. (2001). Flora Zambesiaca 3(5): 1-261. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • 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.
    • Lock, J.M. (1989). Legumes of Africa a check-list: 1-619. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    • Verdc. in Kew Bulletin 24: 289, fig. 2 (1970).
    International Legume Database and Information Service
    • Gillett, J. B. et al. (1971). Papilionoideae. In: Fl. Trop. E. Africa, Milne-Redhead & Polhill

    Sources

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

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    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.
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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