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This species is accepted, and its native range is S. Tropical & S. Africa.
Lessertia benguellensis Baker

[FZ]

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

Morphology General Habit
Erect robust many-stemmed perennial herb up to 1.5 m high, from a woody rootstock.
Morphology Stem
Stems herbaceous and pithy above, branching, glabrous.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves 5–13.5 cm long; leaflets 2–9 on each side of the rhachis, opposite or distally subopposite, 6–25 × 2–9 mm, linear-oblong or obovate, truncate to emarginate and mucronulate at the apex, cuneate at the base, very sparsely white hairy beneath, glabrous above; petiole 1–1.5 cm long, with very sparse white hairs; rhachis 1.5–12 cm long, sulcate on the upper side; petiolules up to 1 mm long, with sparse white stiff hairs; stipules 1–3 mm long, lanceolate, with white stiff hairs at the margins.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Racemes up to 4 cm long, 3–many-flowered; peduncle 3–8 mm long; bracts 1–1.5 mm long, ovate-lanceolate, with stiff white hairs at the margins; pedicels 7 mm long; bracteoles at the base of the calyx, minute, with stiff hairs.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx 2.5–3 mm long, campanulate, divided halfway into 5 equal teeth, with stiff hairs only at the margins.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla 8 mm long, yellow-greenish with the standard and wings streaked with purple-violet-bluish; standard c. 8 mm long and 6 mm wide, obovate, rounded and shortly emarginate at the apex, tapering at the base into a linear claw; wing petals c. 7 mm long including the 2 mm long filiform claws, the blades c. 2 mm wide, falcate-oblong, auriculate at the base; keel petals c. 8 mm long including the 3 mm long linear claws, the blades 2.5 mm wide, obovate, rounded at the apex, auriculate at the base.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Filament sheath up to 5 mm long; free parts of the filaments 2.5 mm long; free stamen 6 mm long; anthers less than 1 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Pistil
Ovary c. 4 mm long, oblong, up to 7-ovulate, glabrous; style 2 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Pod 1.5–4 × 1–2 cm, ovate or obliquely elliptic, sometimes with the dorsal suture arched, acute to obtuse or rounded at the apex, cuneate to rounded at the base and abruptly tapering into a 2–3 mm long stipe, membranaceous, translucent, brownish, glabrous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds 1–7, obliquely oblong-reniform, 5 × 3.5 mm, dark brown.

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Ecology
Africa: Kalahari-Highveld regional transition zone: saline & brackish swamp, etc.
Morphology General Habit
Perennial, Not climbing, Herb

Native to:

Angola, Botswana, Cape Provinces, Caprivi Strip, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Lessertia benguellensis Baker appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Jul 7, 1965 Schinz, H. [543], South Africa K000393460
Welwitsch [1986], Angola K000393480

First published in D.Oliver & auct. suc. (eds.), Fl. Trop. Afr. 2: 137 (1871)

Accepted by

  • Figueiredo, E. & Smith, G.F. (2008). Plants of Angola Strelitzia 22: 1-279. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
  • 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.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Figueiredo, E. & Smith, G.F. (2008). Plants of Angola Strelitzia 22: 1-279. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
  • Germishuizen, G. & Meyer, N.L. (eds.) (2003). Plants of Southern Africa an annotated checklist Strelitzia 14: 1-1231. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
  • Pope, G.V., Polhill, R.N. & Martins, E.S. (eds.) (2003). Flora Zambesiaca 3(7): 1-274. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

International Legume Database and Information Service

  • Lock, J. M. (1985). Specimen in Herb. Kew

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