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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

Morphology General Habit
A twiner
Morphology General Indumentum
Grey-pubescent stems
Morphology Reproductive morphology 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

Morphology General Habit
Annual or perennial climbing, or rarely suberect, herb, 0·9–7 m. long.
Morphology Stem
Stems covered with ± spreading often ferruginous hairs.
Morphology 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.
Morphology Reproductive morphology 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.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers 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.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers 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.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Pods linear, compressed, 2·7–6 cm. long, 4–7 mm. wide, pubescent, 4–8-seeded.
Morphology Reproductive morphology 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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