Family:
Fabaceae Lindl.
Genus:
Lotus L.

Lotus subdigitatus Boutique

This species is accepted, and its native range is DR Congo to Tanzania.

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Perennial, the ± erect herbaceous shoots springing up annually after fires from a massive woody rootstock; stems subglabrous, the few hairs appressed.
Morphology Leaves
Leaf-rhachis absent or almost so; leaflets about 3 times as long as wide, the 3 terminal oblanceolate, the 2 basal ± oblong, asymmetric at the base, appressed pubescent beneath.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Umbels up to 7-flowered; peduncle up to 7 cm. long, pubescent towards the top, the hairs up to 0·5 mm. long, slightly spreading; bract 1-foliolate; pedicels pubescent,± 2 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx appressed pubescent; tube 3 mm. long overall, 1 mm. below and 2 mm. above the insertion of the stamens; teeth oblong-triangular, up to 3 mm. long (in the Flora area), the 2 upper wider than the others.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla white (or, in the Flora area, yellow) marked with red; standard ± 10 by 7 mm., ± 1 mm. longer than the wings.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens Filaments
Filament-sheath ± 5 mm., free parts 2·5 and 4 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Pistil
Ovary ± 5 mm. long, ± 29-ovulate; style ± 5 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit unknown.
Figures
Fig. 146/15, p. 1046.
Habitat
Sandy burnt grassland overlying rock; 1700 m.; rainfall ± 900 mm.
Distribution
T4

[ILDIS]

International Legume Database and Information Service

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

Native to:

Tanzania, Zaïre

Lotus subdigitatus Boutique appears in other Kew resources:

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

Accepted by

  • Lock, J.M. (1989). Legumes of Africa a check-list: 1-619. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Lock, J.M. (1989). Legumes of Africa a check-list: 1-619. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

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: 304, fig. 20/E (1953).
  • Gillett in Kew Bulletin 13: 373 (1958).

International Legume Database and Information Service

  • Gillett, J. B. et al. (1971). Papilionoideae. In: Fl. Trop. E. Africa, Milne-Redhead & Polhill
  • Robyns, W. (Ed.) (1953). Flore Du Congo Belge 4. Genisteae, Sophoreae.

  • 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

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