Family:
Fabaceae Lindl.
Genus:
Lotus L.

Lotus becquetii Boutique

This species is accepted, and its native range is South Sudan to Burundi.

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Conservation
Not Threatened
Ecology
Africa: Afromontane grassland
Morphology General Habit
Perennial, Not climbing, Herb

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Perennial sparingly pilose or glabrescent herb, with procumbent or ascending stems up to 1·2 mm. in diameter and 70 cm. long, drying a yellowish-green.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves glabrous or with a few spreading hairs on the petiolules and leaflet-margins; rhachis up to 1 cm. long, more than half as long as and sometimes longer than the basal leaflet, which is broadly ovate, up to 10 mm. long by 9 mm. wide, has a basal angle of 100°–180°, and is markedly different from the other leaflets which are cuneate-obovate and up to 15 by 7 mm.; axillary (stipular) glands small, black, conical.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Umbel 3–7-flowered; peduncle up to 7 cm. long, pubescent near the top; bract 1-or, rarely, 3-foliolate, ± oblong, ± acute, up to 8 mm. long; pedicels nearly glabrous, ± 2 mm. long, with dark glands at their base.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx blotched with red, sparingly pilose, especially at the base of the lobes; tube ± 1 mm. long below the insertion of the stamens and 2 mm. above; lobes triangular-oblong, ± 3 mm. long, the 2 upper rather wider than the others.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla white with red markings; standard ± 8·5 by 6 mm.; wings ± 1 mm. longer.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens Filaments
Filament-sheath ± 5 mm., free parts 2 and 3 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Pistil
Ovary ± 4·5 mm. long, ± 28-ovulate; style ± 4 mm. long, slightly curved upwards.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Pod up to 27 mm. long by 3 mm. wide, ± 16-seeded.
Figures
Fig. 146/13, p. 1046.
Habitat
Upland grassland; 2100–3200 m., rarely down to 1800 m.; rainfall 1000–1300 mm.
Distribution
K2 K3 K5 U1

Native to:

Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Sudan, Uganda

Lotus becquetii Boutique appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Bull. Jard. Bot. État Bruxelles 23: 234 (1953)

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.
  • Lewalle, J. (1970). Liste floristique et répartition altitudinale de la flore du Burundi occidental: 1-84. Université officielle de Bujumbura.
  • Lock, J.M. (1989). Legumes of Africa a check-list: 1-619. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Troupin, G. (ed.) (1983). Flora du Rwanda 2: 1-603. Musee Royal de l'Afrique Centrale.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Lewalle, J. (1970). Liste floristique et répartition altitudinale de la flore du Burundi occidental: 1-84. Université officielle de Bujumbura.
  • Lock, J.M. (1989). Legumes of Africa a check-list: 1-619. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Troupin, G. (ed.) (1983). Flora du Rwanda 2: 1-603. Musee Royal de l'Afrique Centrale.

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Boutique in Bulletin du Jardin Botanique de l'État a Bruxelles 23: 234 (1953)
  • Boutique in Flore du Congo Belge et du Ruanda-Urundi, 4: 303, fig. 20/D (1953).
  • Gillett in Kew Bulletin 13: 368 (1958).

International Legume Database and Information Service

  • Gillett, J. B. et al. (1971). Papilionoideae. In: Fl. Trop. E. Africa, Milne-Redhead & Polhill

  • Flora of Tropical East Africa

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
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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 2022. 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 2022. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
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