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This subspecies is accepted, and its native range is S. Africa.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FZ]

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

Morphology General Habit
Shrublet 0.6–1.3 m high.
Morphology Stem
Stems few-branched, erect or ascending sometimes slightly ridged, strigose or more rarely almost glabrous, slender and hard.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves 2–9 cm long; lateral leaflets in 5–10 pairs, alternate to subopposite, 5–12 × 1–3 mm, elliptic to linear-oblong, obtuse at the apex, cuneate to rounded at the base, usually glabrous, more rarely puberulous on the upper surface, pubescent beneath; petiole 5–11 mm long; rhachis sulcate on the upper side, rounded on the back; stipules c. 2 mm long, ovate to oblong.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Racemes 2–8-flowered; peduncle 7–17 mm long; rhachis 3–5 mm long; bracts 1–2 mm long, ovate; pedicels 3–6 mm long; bracteoles c. 1 mm long, at the base of the calyx, acute.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx tube campanulate, c. 10 mm long, strigose or setose without, glabrous within; lobes 3–4 mm long, ovate to linear-oblong, obtuse, pubescent or strigose without, pubescent to almost glabrous within.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla glabrous, scarlet; standard 16–29 mm long, elliptic to oblong, tapering at the base, with the margins usually reflexed above; wings 6–11 mm long, 1.5–1.8 mm wide, linear, oblique and acute at the apex, shortly auriculate, clawed; keel petals 25–38 mm long including the 6–13 mm long claws, the blades oblong to lanceolate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Filament sheath 17–24 mm long; free parts of the filaments 5–8 mm long, filiform; anthers 0.3 mm long, oblong.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Pistil
Ovary stipitate, 10–18 mm long, oblong, semitranslucent, glabrous; stipe 8–14 mm long; style 16 mm long, bearded along the upper side on the distal third.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Pod 4–6 × 1–2 cm, membranaceous, inflated.

[ILDIS]

International Legume Database and Information Service

Conservation
Not Threatened
Morphology General Habit
Perennial, Not climbing, Shrub

Native to:

Botswana, Cape Provinces, Free State, Lesotho, Namibia, Northern Provinces

Lessertia frutescens subsp. microphylla (Burch. ex DC.) J.C.Manning & Boatwr. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
[Burchell] [s.n.], South Africa Sutherlandia microphylla K000393482
Burchell [1510], South Africa Sutherlandia microphylla K000393483 Unknown type material
[Burchell] [1554], South Africa Sutherlandia microphylla K000393481

First published in Strelitzia 29: 804 (2012)

Accepted by

  • Govaerts, R., Nic Lughadha, E., Black, N., Turner, R. & Paton, A. (2021). The World Checklist of Vascular Plants, a continuously updated resource for exploring global plant diversity. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41597-021-00997-6 Scientific Data 8: 215.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Germishuizen, G. & Meyer, N.L. (eds.) (2003). Plants of Southern Africa an annotated checklist Strelitzia 14: 1-1231. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
  • 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.

Flora Zambesiaca
Flora Zambesiaca
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Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
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International Legume Database and Information Service
International Legume Database and Information Service (ILDIS) V10.39 Nov 2011
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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/
© 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 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