1. Family: Fabaceae Lindl.
    1. Genus: Rhynchosia Lour.
      1. Rhynchosia pulverulenta Stocks

        This species is accepted, and its native range is NE. Tropical Africa to India.

    [ILDIS]

    International Legume Database and Information Service

    Conservation
    Not Threatened
    Ecology
    Africa: Somalia-Masai woodland, Somalia-Masai bushland and thicket, Somalia-Masai grasslands
    Habit
    Perennial, Climbing/Not climbing, Herb
    [FTEA]

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

    Habit
    Erect woody herb or scrambler 0·3–1·5 m. long or tall.
    Stem
    Stems densely velvety tomentose with short, mostly rather spreading greyish-white hairs.
    Leaves
    Leaflets 3, the terminal one typically markedly transversely elliptic or rhom-boid, less often ovate-triangular, 0·4–3 cm. long, 0·6–3·3(–4) cm. wide, acute to obtusely rounded at the apex, laterals obliquely ovate, 0·3–1·5 cm. long, 0·4–1·4 cm. wide, mostly ± acute at the apex, all rounded at the base, densely usually velvety pubescent on both surfaces, gland-dotted on both surfaces but especially so beneath where the paler greenish-yellow gland-dots are so numerous that they are scarcely separated from each other by their own width (when fully developed they give a peculiar greyish yellow-green appearance to the foliage); petiole 0·5–3 cm. long; rhachis 0·2–1 cm. long; petiolules 0·5–2 mm. long; stipules linear-lanceolate, 2·5–4 mm. long, 0·5 mm. wide, pubescent.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescences rather lax, much shorter to somewhat longer than the leaves, 1–10-flowered; rhachis 0·5–7·5 cm. long; peduncle obsolete (i.e. with lowest flower almost in the axil) to 2 cm. long; pedicels 0·5–1·5(–3) mm. long; bracts deciduous, linear-lanceolate, 1·5–2 mm. long, 0·2 mm. wide, pubescent.
    Calyx
    Calyx shortly pubescent and with yellow gland-dots; tube 1–2 mm. long; lobes linear-lanceolate, the lowest the longest, 2·5–4·5 mm. long, 0·5–1 mm. wide, the laterals 1·5–3 mm. long, 0·3–0·5 mm. wide, the upper pair 2–3 mm. long, joined only at the base or for ± half their length.
    Corolla
    Standard pale yellow, obovate-oblong, 4–6·5 mm. long, 3–4 mm. wide, rather densely whitish pubescent outside save near the claw.
    Fruits
    Pods falcate-oblong, 1·5–2 cm. long, 4·5–6 mm. wide, narrowed towards the base, apiculate, finely densely pubescent with very short white hairs and with small pale gland-dots.
    Seeds
    Seeds red-brown or brown, mottled black, rounded-oblong, compressed; longest dimension 3·5–4·5 mm., shorter dimension 2·5–3 mm., 1·5–2 mm. thick.
    Habitat
    Acacia woodland, also grassland and open Commiphora schimperi bushland on grey soil and gravel of old lake beaches; 690–1020 m.
    Distribution
    and ? South West Africa (variant intermediate with R. Candida (Hiern) Torre) K4 T2

    Distribution

    Native to:

    Eritrea, Ethiopia, India, Iran, Kenya, Oman, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Socotra, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania, Yemen

    Rhynchosia pulverulenta Stocks appears in other Kew resources:

    First published in Hooker's J. Bot. Kew Gard. Misc. 4: 147 (1852)

    Accepted by

    • Darbyshire, I., Kordofani, M., Farag, I., Candiga, R. & Pickering, H. (eds.) (2015). The Plants of Sudan and South Sudan: 1-400. Kew publishing, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Shaheen, H., Qureshi, R., Akram, A., Gulfraz, M. & Potter, D. (2014). A preliminary floristic checklist of Thal desert Punjab, Pakistan Pakistn Journal of Botany 46: 13-18.
    • Dobignard, A. & Chatelain, C. (2012). Index synonymique de la flore d'Afrique du nord 4: 1-431. Éditions des conservatoire et jardin botaniques, Genève.
    • Mosti, S., Raffaelli, M. & Tardelli, M. (2012). Contributions to the flora of central-southern Dhofar (Sultanate of Oman) Webbia; Raccolta de Scritti Botanici 67: 65-91.
    • Ghazanfar, S.A. (2007). Flora of the Sultanate of Oman. volume 2. Crassulaceae - Apiaceae Scripta Botanica Belgica 36: 1-220.
    • Miller, A.G. & Morris, M. (2004). Ethnoflora of Soqotra Archipelago: 1-759. The Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh.
    • Kumar, S. & Sane, P.V. (2003). Legumes of South Asia. A Checklist: 1-536. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Wood, J.R.I. (1997). A handbook of the Yemen Flora: 1-434. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Hedberg, I. & Edwards, S. (eds.) (1989 publ. 1990). Flora of Ethiopia and Eritrea 3: 1-659. The National Herbarium, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia & The Department of Systematic Botany, Upps.
    • Lock, J.M. (1989). Legumes of Africa a check-list: 1-619. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Rechinger, K.H. & al. (1984). Papilionaceae II Flora Iranica 157: 1-499. Naturhistorisches Museums Wien.

    Literature

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    • Darbyshire, I., Kordofani, M., Farag, I., Candiga, R. & Pickering, H. (eds.) (2015). The Plants of Sudan and South Sudan: 1-400. Kew publishing, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Mosti, S., Raffaelli, M. & Tardelli, M. (2012). Contributions to the flora of central-southern Dhofar (Sultanate of Oman) Webbia; Raccolta de Scritti Botanici 67: 65-91.
    • Ghazanfar, S.A. (2007). Flora of the Sultanate of Oman. volume 2. Crassulaceae - Apiaceae Scripta Botanica Belgica 36: 1-220.
    • Boulos, L. (1999). Flora of Egypt 1: 1-419. Al Hadara Publishing, Cairo.
    • Wood, J.R.I. (1997). A handbook of the Yemen Flora: 1-434. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Lock, J.M. (1989). Legumes of Africa a check-list: 1-619. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Rechinger, K.H. & al. (1984). Papilionaceae II Flora Iranica 157: 1-499. Naturhistorisches Museums Wien.
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    • Verdc. in Kew Bulletin 25: 105 (1971).
    • Stocks in Hook., Kew Journ. Bot. 4: 147 (1852).
    International Legume Database and Information Service
    • Gillett, J. B. et al. (1971). Papilionoideae. In: Fl. Trop. E. Africa, Milne-Redhead & Polhill

    Sources

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
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    International Legume Database and Information Service
    International Legume Database and Information Service (ILDIS) V10.39 Nov 2011
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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