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This species is accepted, and its native range is Somalia to Namibia.

[FSOM]

M. Thulin et al. Flora of Somalia, Vol. 1-4 [updated 2008] https://plants.jstor.org/collection/FLOS

Type
from Kenya and S Somalia: “Tola” R., Kirk s.n. (K syn.).
Morphology General Habit
Shrub or small tree, 2–9 m tall
Morphology Leaves
Leaf-rhachis 2–4(–7) cm long
Morphology Leaves Leaflets
Leaflets 7–13, elliptic-oblong, the terminal obovate, usually 7–15 x 4–9 mm, the margin revolute, ± sparsely pubescent beneath
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Racemes 1–3-flowered; rhachis up to 15 mm long but usually much less
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx c. 9–11 mm long, glabrous except at the margin, without tubercle-based hairs; lower lobe 5–7 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla persistent, pinkish or purple, veined; blade of standard 12–17 x 15–20 mm, cordate at the base, usually ciliate when young
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Ovary
Ovary soon becoming curved, 5–6-ovulate; style c. 6 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Pod coiled within the petals, pubescent and minutely tuberculate, the articles 6–8 x 3–5 mm.
Distribution
S2, 3 Kenya, Tanzania and southwards to Transvaal and Namibia.
Ecology
Altitude c. 50 m.
Vernacular
Maroodi-makaraan (Somali).

[FZ]

Leguminosae, B. Verdcourt. Flora Zambesiaca 3:6. 2000

Morphology General Habit
Shrub or small tree 2–9 m tall with mostly whitish branchlets, sparsely white-pubescent at first and with some persistent swollen-based hairs; bark rough, corky, longitudinally furrowed; older stems rough with a covering of old short shoots.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves single and spaced out on long young shoots but later fasciculate on short shoots; leaflets 7–13(17), 6–12(24) × 2–7(12) mm, elliptic-oblong, or the terminal one obovate, truncate, emarginate or rounded and mucronate at the apex, rounded or slightly subcordate at the base, the margins revolute, glabrous to sparsely to ± densely appressed white-pubescent beneath; lateral veins mostly scarcely visible, rarely dark; petiole 5–13 mm long; rhachis 2–4(7) cm long with white and swollen-based hairs; stipules up to 6 mm long, lanceolate, striate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Racemes 1–3-flowered, up to 15 mm long but usually short, white pubescent; peduncle 0–10 mm long; pedicels up to 17 mm long; bracts and bracteoles c. 2–3.5 mm long, ovate, the latter 1–5 mm below the receptacle.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx glabrous save on the margins, or rarely some white pubescence on the lobes but never with swollen-based hairs; receptacle 1 mm long; calyx tube 3–4 mm long, the upper lobes 3–6 mm long, rounded, joined for half their length, lateral lobes 5–8 mm long, broadly triangular, obtuse, lower lobe lanceolate, boat-shaped, acute.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla persistent, pinkish or purple, rather obscurely veined or pinkish-yellow with purple veins; standard blade 12–17(26) × 15–20(29) mm, broadly ovate or transversely elliptic, emarginate, cordate, with two rounded appendages at the base, usually with rather cottony hairs around the margins; claw 3–4 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens diadelphous in 2 bundles of 5, or rarely monadelphous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Ovary
Ovary 5–6-ovulate, densely pubescent with swollen-based hairs.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Pod rarely maturing, possibly due to insect attack, coiled within the persistent corolla, mostly only 1-seeded, pubescent, glandular and minutely tuberculate; articles 6–8 × 3–5 mm, 2–3 mm thick.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds straw-coloured, 3–4 × 2–2.5 × l.5 mm, compressed-ellipsoid, smooth; seeds produced sparsely.

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Shrub or small tree 2–9 m. tall; twigs whitish, sparsely white pubescent when young, occasionally also with persistent swollen-based hairs.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves at first spaced out on long shoots, later in fascicles on short shoots; stipules up to 6 mm. long; leaf-rhachis glabrous or, more often, sparsely appressed white pubescent and usually with a few persistent swollen-based hairs as well, 2–4(–7) cm. long; leaflets 7–13 (rarely, outside Flora area, –17), elliptic-oblong, the terminal obovate, usually 7–12 mm. long and 4–7 mm. wide, occasionally up to 24 mm. long and 10 mm. wide, the margin revolute, darker above than beneath, slightly appressed white pubescent beneath, free from swollen-based hairs; lateral veins usually hardly visible, sometimes dark.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Racemes white pubescent, 1–3-flowered, the rhachis sometimes up to 15 mm. long but usually much less; pedicel up to 17 mm. long; bracteoles elliptic-ovate, 1–5 mm. below receptacle.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx glabrous except at the margin or rarely white pubescent on the lobes, always free from swollen-based hairs; receptacle-cup ± 1 mm. deep, 5 mm. long and 2.5 mm. wide; calyx-tube ± 3 mm. deep; upper lobes 3–4 mm. long, rounded, united for half their length; lateral lobes broadly triangular, 3.5–4.5 mm. long, obtuse; lower lobe lanceolate, boat-shaped, 5–7 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla persistent, pinkish or purple, rather obscurely veined; blade of standard usually flocculose at the margin, transversely elliptic, 12–17 mm. long, 15–20 mm. wide, emarginate, cordate and with 2 shelf-like rounded appendages at the base; claw 3–4 mm. long; blade of wing often flocculose at the margin, obovate, 12–15 mm. long, 9–11 mm. wide, narrowed abruptly at the base; claw 4–5 mm. long; blade of keel somewhat beaked, semicircular below, 11–12 mm. long, 7–8 mm. wide; claw 5–6 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens (5) + (5) or rarely, outside Flora area, (10).
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Disc
Disc cylindrical, 0.5 mm. deep.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Pistil
Ovary, including the 1 mm. long stipe, densely pubescent with erect swollen-based hairs, 5–6-ovulate, soon becoming arcuate; style often pubescent near the base.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit rarely maturing due to insect attack, and other reasons, and when mature usually with but one perfect seed, coiled within the petals, pubescent and minutely tuberculate, the segments 6–8 mm. long, 3–5 mm. wide and 2–3 mm. thick.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seed smooth, straw-coloured, 3–4 mm. long, 2–2.5 mm. wide and 1.5 mm. thick.
Figures
Fig. 53/5–7, p. 358.
Habitat
Acacia, Commiphora or coastal bushland, grassland; 20–1700 m.; rainfall 250–900 mm.
Distribution
K1 K4 K6 K7 T2 T3 T5 T6 T7 T8 South West Africa

[ILDIS]

International Legume Database and Information Service

Conservation
Not Threatened
Ecology
Africa: Somalia-Masai bushland and thicket, Zanzibar-Inhambane regional transition zone; bushland and thicket.
Morphology General Habit
Perennial, Not climbing, Shrub/Tree

Native to:

Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Northern Provinces, Somalia, Tanzania, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

Ormocarpum kirkii S.Moore appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Mar 11, 1967 Waller [s.n.], Malawi K000393496 holotype
Feb 10, 1964 Kirk [s.n.], Somalia K000393506 Unknown type material
Hildebrandt, J.M. [1935], Tanzania K000393500 Unknown type material
Bidgood, S. [6365], Tanzania K000468060

First published in J. Bot. 15: 290 (1877)

Accepted by

  • Germishuizen, G. & Meyer, N.L. (eds.) (2003). Plants of Southern Africa an annotated checklist Strelitzia 14: 1-1231. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
  • Lock, J.M. (1989). Legumes of Africa a check-list: 1-619. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Mannheimer, C.A. & Curtis, B.A. (eds.) (2009). Le Roux and Müller's field guide to the trees and shrubs of Namibia, rev. ed.: 1-525. Macmillan Education Namibia, Windhoek.
  • Verdcourt, B. (2000). Flora Zambesiaca 3(6): 1-175. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Mannheimer, C.A. & Curtis, B.A. (eds.) (2009). Le Roux and Müller's field guide to the trees and shrubs of Namibia, rev. ed.: 1-525. Macmillan Education Namibia, Windhoek.
  • Verdcourt, B. (2000). Flora Zambesiaca 3(6): 1-175. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Flora of Somalia

  • Flora Somalia, Vol 1, (1993) Author: by M. Thulin [updated by M. Thulin 2008]

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Bak. f., Leguminosae of Tropical Africa: 279 (1929).
  • Battiscombe & Dale, Trees and Shrubs of Kenya Colony ed. 2: 79 (1936).
  • Dale & Greenway, Kenya Trees and Shrubs p. 372 (1961).
  • Harms in A. Engler & O. Drude, Die Vegetation Der Erde, IX, Pflanzenwelt Afrikas 3 (1): 609 (1915).
  • J.P.M. Brenan, Check-lists of the Forest Trees and Shrubs of the British Empire no. 5, part II, Tanganyika Territory p. 435 (1949).
  • S. Moore in Journal of Botany 15:290 (1877).
  • Sprague & Milne-Redh. in Bulletin of Miscellaneous Information, Kew 1934: 42 (1934).
  • Vatke in Oesterr. Bot. Zeitschr. 28: 215 (1878).

International Legume Database and Information Service

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

Flora Zambesiaca
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