1. Family: Fabaceae Lindl.
    1. Genus: Rhynchosia Lour.
      1. Rhynchosia speciosa Verdc.

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Kenya.

    [FTEA]

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

    Habit
    Subshrub with woody branches.
    Stem
    Stems densely covered with tubercular-based glandular hairs.
    Leaves
    Leaflets 3, ovate to ovate-rhomboid, the laterals oblique, 2·5–4·3 cm. long, 1·5–3·4 cm. wide, acuminate or sometimes 3-cuspidate, rounded at the base, hairy and glandular on both surfaces; petiole 1–2·5 cm. long; rhachis 5–7 mm. long; petiolules 2·5–4 mm. long; stipules usually reflexed and subpersistent, ovate to oblong-elliptic, 0·8–1·2 cm. long, 5–7 mm. wide, veined, hairy.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescences axillary and terminal, densely covered with white and glandular yellow hairs; rhachis 4–7 cm. long; peduncle 1–2 cm. long; pedicels 1·5–3·5 mm. long; bracts deciduous, elliptic, 1·1 cm. long, 7·5 mm. wide, shortly acuminate, hairy.
    Calyx
    Calyx densely covered with white hairs and long yellow glandular-based hairs; tube 4 mm.; lobes lanceolate, 0·9–1·4 cm. long, the lowest the longest, the upper pair joined only at the base.
    Corolla
    Standard yellow, flushed red-brown outside, broadly elliptic-obovate, 2·5 cm. long, 1·8–2 cm. wide, glabrous; wings yellow, probably with a purplish blotch at the apex of the claw; keel yellow tipped purplish.
    Fruits
    Pod not known, but immature ones are densely covered with yellow tubercular-based glandular hairs.
    Figures
    Fig. 110, p. 730.
    Habitat
    ? Upland dry evergreen forest, in rock crevices; 2700 m.
    Distribution
    K1 not known elsewhere
    [ILDIS]

    International Legume Database and Information Service

    Conservation
    Insufficiently known
    Ecology
    Africa: Afromontane forest
    Habit
    Perennial, Not climbing, Herb/Shrub

    Distribution

    Rhynchosia speciosa Verdc. appears in other Kew resources:

    First published in Kew Bull. 25: 79 (1971)

    Accepted by

    • Lock, J.M. (1989). Legumes of Africa a check-list: 1-619. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

    Literature

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    • 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 25: 79, fig. 3 (1971).
    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
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/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