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

[FWTA]

Papilionaceae, Hutchinson and Dalziel. Flora of West Tropical Africa 1:2. 1958

Habit
A twiner
Indumentum
Grey-pubescent stems
Flowers
Bright yellow flowers
Note
Only the upper few flowers of the raceme develop.

[FTEA]

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

Habit
Annual or perennial climbing, or rarely suberect, herb, 0·9–7 m. long.
Stem
Stems covered with ± spreading often ferruginous hairs.
Leaves
Leaflets 3, oblong or ovate-lanceolate or ovate-oblong to linear-lanceolate, 2·5–15 cm. long, 0·3–5 cm. wide, narrowly rounded to acuminate and apiculate at the apex, rounded and sometimes subhastate at the base, sparsely to densely pubescent on both surfaces; petiole 1·5–7 cm. long; rhachis 0·4–1·7 cm. long; petiolules 1–2 mm. long; stipules ovate-lanceolate, 2–5 mm. long, slightly bilobed at the base.
Inflorescences
Inflorescences axillary; rhachis 1–4(–8) cm. long, conspicuously glandular; peduncle 1·5–15 cm. long; pedicels 3–5 mm. long; bracteoles subpersistent, ovate-lanceolate, 1·5–5 mm. long.
Calyx
Calyx pubescent; tube 2–3 mm. long; lobes deltoid, 0·6–2 mm. long, the upper pair united to form an entire or slightly bifid lobe.
Corolla
Standard white, yellow or brownish outside, often tinged greenish-purple, blue or violet inside or in western Africa entirely yellow, broadly obovate, 1–2·2 cm. long, 1·5–2·5 cm. wide, pubescent or velvety outside with adpressed hairs; wings yellow or white tinged violet at the apex or all mauve or blue; keel yellow, white or purple with the beak neither curved nor twisted.
Fruits
Pods linear, compressed, 2·7–6 cm. long, 4–7 mm. wide, pubescent, 4–8-seeded.
Seeds
Seeds greenish or reddish-brown, mottled with darker brown or black, oblong, longest dimension 4–5·5 mm., shorter dimension 2–3·5 mm., 2 mm. thick; aril eccentric, yellowish, 2·3 mm. long, the central prong very short, acute.
Habitat
Grassland, bushland, sometimes by streams and in marshes; 750–1800 m.
Distribution
K5 T1 T4 T6 T7 T8 U1 U2 U3 U4 W. Africa

Native to:

Benin, Burkina, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Repu, Chad, Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

Vigna ambacensis Welw. ex Baker appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Jan 1, 1970 Dummer, R. [4441], Uganda K000263442 isosyntype
Jan 1, 1970 Dummer, R. [4441], Uganda K000263443 Unknown type material
Milne-Redhead, E. [10896], Tanzania 24461.000
Letouzey, R. [13182], Cameroon K000087355
Schimper [454], Ethiopia K000263414 isosyntype
Schimper [458], Ethiopia K000263415 isosyntype
Welwitsch [2260], Angola K000263435 Unknown type material
Stupe(?) [983], Niger K000263365 Unknown type material
Brunt, M.A. [894], Cameroon K000087357

First published in D.Oliver & auct. suc. (eds.), Fl. Trop. Afr. 2: 201 (1871)

Accepted by

  • Sita, P. & Moutsambote, J.-M. (2005). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Congo, ed. sept. 2005: 1-158. ORSTOM, Centre de Brazzaville.
  • Lebrun, J.p., Toutain, B., Gaston, A. & Boudet, G. (1991). Catalogue des Plantes Vasculaires du Burkina Faso: 1-341. Institut d' Elevage et de Médecine Vétérinaire des Pays Tropicaux, Maisons Alfort.
  • Lock, J.M. (1989). Legumes of Africa a check-list: 1-619. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Boudet, G., Lebrun, J.P. & Demange, R. (1986). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Mali: 1-465. Etudes d'Elevage et de Médecine Vétérinaire des Pays Tropicaux.
  • Brunel, J.F., Hiepo, P. & Scholz, H. (eds.) (1984). Flore Analytique du Togo Phanérogames: 1-751. GTZ, Eschborn.
  • Boulvert, Y. (1977). Catalogue de la Flore de Centrafrique 2(1): 1-85. ORSTROM, Bangui.
  • Berhaut, J. (1976). Flore illustrée du Sénégal 5: 1-658. Gouvernement du Sénégal, Ministère du développement rural direction des eaux et forêta, Dakar.
  • Peyre de Fabregues, B. & Lebrun, J.-P. (1976). Catalogue des Plantes Vascularies du Niger: 1-433. Institut d' Elevage et de Médecine Vétérinaire des Pays Tropicaux, Maisons Alfort.
  • Lebrun, J.-P., Audru, J., Gaston, A. & Mosnier, M. (1972). Catalogue des Plantes Vasculaires du Tchad Méridional: 1-289. Institut d' Elevage et de Médecine Vétérinaire des Pays Tropicaux, Maisons Alfort.

Not 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. [Cited as Vigna heterophylla.]
  • Thiombiano, A., Schmidt, M., Dressler, S., Ouédraogo, A., Hahn, K. & Zizka, G. (2012). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Burkina Faso Boissiera 65: 1-391. [Cited as Vigna heterophylla.]
  • Catarino, L., Sampaio Martins, E., Pinto-Basto, M.F. & Diniz, M.A. (2006). Plantas Vasculares e Briófitos da Guiné-Bissau: 1-298. Instituto de investigação científica tropical, Instituto Português de apoio ao desenvolvimento. [Cited as Vigna heterophylla.]

Literature

Flora of West Tropical Africa

  • Wilczek in Fl. Congo Belge 6: 355
  • Bak. f. Leg. Trop. Afr. 2: 400 (1929)
  • in F.T.A. 2: 201 (1871)

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Sita, P. & Moutsambote, J.-M. (2005). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Congo, ed. sept. 2005: 1-158. ORSTOM, Centre de Brazzaville.
  • Lebrun, J.p., Toutain, B., Gaston, A. & Boudet, G. (1991). Catalogue des Plantes Vasculaires du Burkina Faso: 1-341. Institut d' Elevage et de Médecine Vétérinaire des Pays Tropicaux, Maisons Alfort.
  • Lock, J.M. (1989). Legumes of Africa a check-list: 1-619. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Boudet, G., Lebrun, J.P. & Demange, R. (1986). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Mali: 1-465. Etudes d'Elevage et de Médecine Vétérinaire des Pays Tropicaux.
  • Brunel, J.F., Hiepo, P. & Scholz, H. (eds.) (1984). Flore Analytique du Togo Phanérogames: 1-751. GTZ, Eschborn.
  • Boulvert, Y. (1977). Catalogue de la Flore de Centrafrique 2(1): 1-85. ORSTROM, Bangui.
  • Berhaut, J. (1976). Flore illustrée du Sénégal 5: 1-658. Gouvernement du Sénégal, Ministère du développement rural direction des eaux et forêta, Dakar.
  • Peyre de Fabregues, B. & Lebrun, J.-P. (1976). Catalogue des Plantes Vascularies du Niger: 1-433. Institut d' Elevage et de Médecine Vétérinaire des Pays Tropicaux, Maisons Alfort.
  • Lebrun, J.-P., Audru, J., Gaston, A. & Mosnier, M. (1972). Catalogue des Plantes Vasculaires du Tchad Méridional: 1-289. Institut d' Elevage et de Médecine Vétérinaire des Pays Tropicaux, Maisons Alfort.

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Torre in Consp. Fl. Angol. 3: 266 (1966).
  • Hepper in Flora of West Tropical Africa, ed. 2, 1: 568 (1958).
  • Wilczek in Flore du Congo Belge et du Ruanda-Urundi, 6: 355 (1954).
  • Bak. f., Leguminosae of Tropical Africa: 400 (1929).
  • Bak. in Flora of Tropical Africa 2: 201 (1871).

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