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This species is accepted, and its native range is Nigeria to Tanzania and Namibia.

[FTEA]

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

Habit
Annual or perennial trailing or entirely prostrate herb, up to 1·8 m. long, or sometimes suberect and short, ± 15 cm. tall.
Stem
Stems densely covered with spreading yellowish or dark brown bristly hairs.
Leaves
Leaflets 3, ovate to lanceolate in outline, 2·8–10 cm. long, 0·7–7 cm. wide, entire to more usually 3-lobed or pinnatifid; lobes up to 9, the basal ones sometimes bifid at the apex, subacute and mucronulate at the apex, rounded to cuneate at the base, adpressed bristly pubescent on both surfaces; tertiary venation closely parallel and at right-angles to the midrib; petioles 2–26 cm. long; rhachis 0·5–3 cm. long; petiolules 3 mm. long; stipules lanceolate, 5–10 mm. long, prolonged and subcordate at the base.
Inflorescences
Inflorescences axillary, sub-umbellate, 1–3-flowered; peduncle 4–25 cm. long; pedicels ± 1 mm. long; bracts and bracteoles deciduous, lanceolate, 2–3·5 mm. long.
Calyx
Calyx densely covered with white or brown bristly hairs; tube 3–4 mm. long; lobes linear-lanceolate, 5–9 mm. long, the upper pair joined for two-thirds of their length.
Corolla
Standard mauve, paler outside, obovate, 1–1·8 cm. long, 1·5–2 cm. wide, emarginate, glabrous; wings mauve; keel cream, the beak short, not twisted.
Fruits
Pods erect, linear-cylindrical, 3·8–5 cm. long, 4–5 mm. wide, sparsely covered with adpressed white or dark brown bristly hairs, 5–8-seeded.
Seeds
Seeds brown speckled dark brown, oblong, longest dimension 3–4·5 mm., shorter dimension 2–3 mm., 2–5 mm. thick; rim-aril developed, greenish.
Habitat
Grassland, dry woodland; 250–1160 m.
Distribution
T4 T8

Native to:

Burundi, Cameroon, Congo, Malawi, Namibia, Nigeria, Tanzania, Zambia, Zaïre

Vigna wittei Baker f. appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Rev. Zool. Bot. Africaines 21: 304 (1932)

Accepted by

  • Sita, P. & Moutsambote, J.-M. (2005). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Congo, ed. sept. 2005: 1-158. ORSTOM, Centre de Brazzaville.
  • Lock, J.M. (1989). Legumes of Africa a check-list: 1-619. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Sita, P. & Moutsambote, J.-M. (2005). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Congo, ed. sept. 2005: 1-158. ORSTOM, Centre de Brazzaville.
  • Lock, J.M. (1989). Legumes of Africa a check-list: 1-619. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Wilczek in Flore du Congo Belge et du Ruanda-Urundi, 6: 383 (1954).
  • Bak. f. in Rev. Zool. Bot. Afr. 21: 304 (1932).

Flora of Tropical East Africa
Flora of Tropical East Africa
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Kew Backbone Distributions
The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2021. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
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Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2021. 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