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This species is accepted, and its native range is Congo to Ethiopia and Zambia.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

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Conservation
Not Threatened
Ecology
Africa: Lake Victoria regional transition zone; grasslands, Zambezian bushland and thicket, Zambezian grassland, Afromontane(upland) bushland and thicket., Afromontane grassland, Lake Victoria regional mosaic; bushland and thicket
Morphology General Habit
Perennial, Climbing, Herb

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Straggling climbing or suberect perennial (? always) herb 0·3–1 m. long.
Morphology Stem
Stems mostly very densely long-pilose when very young, later sparsely so or glabrous.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves 2–7-foliolate; leaflets linear or oblong to narrowly elliptic, 1–4·5 cm. long, (0·5–)1–8 mm. wide, narrowed at both ends, mucronulate, sparsely loosely pilose; petiole up to 8 mm. long; rhachis terminated by a simple or branched tendril; petiolules ± 1 mm. long; stipules semi-sagittate and sometimes with an additional lateral tooth, 0·5–1·3 cm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescences (1–)2–8-flowered, 1–3 cm. long; peduncle 0·5–6 cm. long; pedicels 2–4 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx laxly pilose; tube 2–3 mm. long; lobes sub-equal, linear-lanceolate, 1–4 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla blue or violet; standard sometimes greenish outside and veined purplish, obovate, 8–10 mm. long, 6 mm. wide, emarginate; keel often greenish.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Pods narrowly oblong, flat, 5–11-seeded, 2–4 cm. long, 4–7·5 mm. wide, glabrous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds greenish-brown, densely mottled black, irregularly subglobose or ellipsoid, compressed, longer dimensions 2·5–3 mm., 1·5–2 mm. thick; aril yellowish or orange, produced into a tail.

[FZ]

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

Morphology General Habit
Delicate straggling climbing or suberect perennial herb up to 1 m tall.
Morphology Stem
Stems angular, densely pilose when young, becoming sparsely pilose to subglabrous.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves 2–7-foliolate, the lower pairs opposite or alternate; leaflets 12–45 × 1–5.5(7) mm, linear to narrowly elliptic, narrowed at both ends, mucronulate, sparsely pilose on both surfaces; petiole obsolete or up to 8 mm long; rhachis terminating in a simple or branched tendril or sometimes a bristle; petiolules c. 1 mm long; stipules 5–13 mm long, semi-sagittate, sometimes with 1–2 additional teeth.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Racemes 1–5-flowered; peduncle 20–35 mm long; pedicels 2–4 mm long, pilose, more densely so towards the apex.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx laxly pilose to subglabrous; tube 2–2.5 mm long; lobes subequal, 1–5 mm long, narrowly triangular-subulate to linear.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla blue, mauve or violet, 9–10 mm long; standard c. 10 × 6.5 mm, obovate, emarginate, sometimes greenish; wings as long as the standard or a little shorter; keel c. 6.5 mm long, obtuse.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Style
Style c. 1.5 mm long, densely pubescent all round towards the apex.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Pod 24–30 × 4–7.5 mm, oblong, flat, glabrous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds greenish-brown and densely mottled black to black, usually (3)6–10, c. 3 × 2.5 × 2 mm, irregularly subglobose, compressed; aril yellowish, produced into a tail.

Native to:

Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania, Zambia, Zaïre

Vicia paucifolia Baker appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Volkens, G. [1008], Tanzania K000418306
Volkens, G. [658], Tanzania K000418307
Schimper [1218], Ethiopia K000418308 Unknown type material

First published in D.Oliver & auct. suc. (eds.), Fl. Trop. Afr. 2: 173 (1871)

Accepted by

  • Lock, J.M. (1989). Legumes of Africa a check-list: 1-619. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Sita, P. & Moutsambote, J.-M. (2005). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Congo, ed. sept. 2005: 1-158. ORSTOM, Centre de Brazzaville.
  • Troupin, G. (ed.) (1983). Flora du Rwanda 2: 1-603. Musee Royal de l'Afrique Centrale.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Lock, J.M. (1989). Legumes of Africa a check-list: 1-619. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Pope, G.V., Polhill, R.N. & Martins, E.S. (eds.) (2003). Flora Zambesiaca 3(7): 1-274. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Sita, P. & Moutsambote, J.-M. (2005). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Congo, ed. sept. 2005: 1-158. ORSTOM, Centre de Brazzaville.
  • Troupin, G. (ed.) (1983). Flora du Rwanda 2: 1-603. Musee Royal de l'Afrique Centrale.

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • A.J. Jex-Blake, Some Wild Flowers of Kenya p. 46 (1948).
  • Bak. f., Leguminosae of Tropical Africa: 347 (1929).
  • Bak. in Flora of Tropical Africa 2: 173 (1871).
  • Boutique in Flore du Congo Belge et du Ruanda-Urundi, 6: 81 (1954).
  • Robyns, Flore des Spermatophytes du Parc National Albert 1: 336 (1948).

International Legume Database and Information Service

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

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