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This species is accepted, and its native range is Tanzania to Caprivi Strip.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FZ]

Leguminosae, R.K. Brummitt, A.C. Chikuni, J.M. Lock and R.M. Polhill. Flora Zambesiaca 3:2. 2007

Morphology General Habit
Shrub or small tree 1–7(10) m high, or sometimes scrambling up to 10 m by means of branch tendrils, or occasionally a suffrutex up to only 0.4 m high.
Morphology Branches
Young branches rather finely brown- or grey-brown, spreading- or appressed-pubescent.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves: petiole 0.4–2.2 cm; lamina 1–7(8) cm from base of midrib to tip of lobes, lobed from one third to two thirds of its length with the angle between the lobes acute to obtuse, cordate to truncate at the base, the lobes rounded to slightly obtusely pointed, glabrous to minutely pubescent above, minutely appressed-pubescent or fairly densely spreading- or ascending-pubescent beneath.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescences 1–10-flowered and these sometimes aggregating into panicles; axes usually brown-pubescent to -tomentellous; pedicels up to c.1 cm, merging into the hypanthium.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Hypanthium
Hypanthium (1.5)2.5–5.5(6.5) cm, ± linear but broadening somewhat above, densely pubescent to tomentellous, longitudinally ribbed.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx (1.7)2.2–4.5 cm, in bud usually narrowed into a terminal beak with free tips of sepals showing.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals white (rarely with pink blotches), 2.2–8.4 cm long, 0.6–2.2(4.2) cm broad, elliptic to elliptic-oblanceolate with strongly undulate-crisped margins, with a claw 0.2–1.5 cm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Fertile stamens 5; filaments white to deep red or purplish.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Pistil
Ovary pubescent to tomentose; stigma capitate-peltate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Pods dark reddish-brown, woody, 10–24 cm long, (1.3)1.7–4.7 cm broad, ± linear-oblong or sometimes narrowed towards the base, not markedly parallel-sided, glabrescent, 4–10-seeded.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds dark purplish brown, 1.3–3 cm long, 0.8–1.8 cm broad, strongly compressed, oblong to circular.

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Shrub or tree 2–8 m. high.
Morphology Branches
Young branchlets ± densely brown-pubescent or -puberulous.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves often wider than long, 2–8 cm. long, 2–10 cm. wide, bilobed to about one-third to two-thirds way down, minutely appressed-puberulous on lower surface; lobes rounded.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Racemes short, often aggregated terminally.
Morphology General Buds
Flower-buds:upper part (i.e. sepals) linear to linear-lanceolate in outline, 3–5 cm. long before anthesis.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Hypanthium
Hypanthium 2–4 cm. long, finely longitudinally sulcate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals white or marked with pink spots, narrowly elliptic to oblanceolate-elliptic, 4–7.5 cm. long, 1–2.7 cm. wide, with very crisped margins and the midrib pubescent outside and with many small orange ? glands which are also present in the indumentum of the young vegetative parts.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Fertile stamens 5.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Stigma
Stigma 2.5–3 mm. in diameter, terminal, peltate, abruptly enlarged from the style.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Pods woody, dehiscent, linear-oblong or oblanceolate-oblong, 10–24 cm. long, (2.5–)3–4.7 cm. wide.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds deep chestnut-purple, irregularly oblong to obovate or subcircular, 1.6–3 cm. long, 1.1–1.8 cm. wide; funicle very short and thick.
Figures
Fig. 47, p. 212.
Habitat
Woodland and wooded grassland; 150–1830 m.
Distribution
T4 T5 T6 T7 T8

[ILDIS]

International Legume Database and Information Service

Conservation
Not Threatened
Ecology
Africa: Zambezian forest, Zambezian woodland, Zambezian bushland and thicket
Morphology General Habit
Perennial, Not climbing, Shrub/Tree

Native to:

Caprivi Strip, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

Introduced into:

Trinidad-Tobago

Bauhinia petersiana Bolle appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Kirk [s.n.], Mozambique K000417710
Peters [s.n.], Mozambique K000417711

First published in W.C.H.Peters, Naturw. Reise Mossambique 6(1): 24 (1861)

Accepted by

  • Baksh-Comeau, Y., Maharaj, S.S., Adams, C.D., Harris, S.A., Filer, D.L. & Hawthorne, W.D. (2016). An annotated checklist of the vascular plants of Trinidad and Tobago with analysis of vegetation types and botanical 'hotspots' Phytotaxa 250: 1-431.
  • Brummitt, R.K., Chikuni, A.C., Lock, J.M. & Polhill, R.M. (2007). 61. Leguminosae Subfamily Caesalpinioideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(2): 1-218. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Germishuizen, G. & Meyer, N.L. (eds.) (2003). Plants of Southern Africa an annotated checklist Strelitzia 14: 1-1231. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
  • Govaerts, R. (1996). World Checklist of Seed Plants 2(1, 2): 1-492. MIM, Deurne.
  • Lock, J.M. (1989). Legumes of Africa a check-list: 1-619. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Mannheimer, C.A. & Curtis, B.A. (eds.) (2009). Le Roux and Müller's field guide to the trees and shrubs of Namibia, rev. ed.: 1-525. Macmillan Education Namibia, Windhoek.
  • Timberlake, J.R., Bayliss, J., Alves, T., Francisco, J., Harris, T., Nangoma, D. & de Sousa, C. (2009). Biodiversity and Conservation of Mchese Mountain, Malawi. Report produced under the Darwin Initiative Award 15/036: 1-71. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Baksh-Comeau, Y., Maharaj, S.S., Adams, C.D., Harris, S.A., Filer, D.L. & Hawthorne, W.D. (2016). An annotated checklist of the vascular plants of Trinidad and Tobago with analysis of vegetation types and botanical 'hotspots' Phytotaxa 250: 1-431.
  • Brummitt, R.K., Chikuni, A.C., Lock, J.M. & Polhill, R.M. (2007). 61. Leguminosae Subfamily Caesalpinioideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(2): 1-218. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Lock, J.M. (1989). Legumes of Africa a check-list: 1-619. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Bak. f., Leguminosae of Tropical Africa: 656 (1930).
  • Bolle in Peters, Reise Mossamb., Bot. 1: 24 (1861).
  • F. White, Forest Flora of Northern Rhodesia p. 99 (1962).
  • J.P.M. Brenan, Check-lists of the Forest Trees and Shrubs of the British Empire no. 5, part II, Tanganyika Territory p. 88 (1949).
  • Oliver, Flora of Tropical Africa 2: 288 (1871).

International Legume Database and Information Service

  • Brenan, J. P. M. (1967). Caesalp. In: Flora Trop. East Africa. Milne-Redhead & Polhill
  • White, F. (1983). The Vegetation of Africa

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