Pseudarthria hookeri Wight & Arn.

First published in Prodr. Fl. Ind. Orient. 1: 209 (1834)
This species is accepted
The native range of this species is Tropical & S. Africa, W. Indian Ocean. It is a subshrub or perennial and grows primarily in the seasonally dry tropical biome.

Descriptions

Leguminosae, B. Verdcourt. Flora Zambesiaca 3:6. 2000

Morphology General Habit
Erect woody herb or subshrub 0.3–3(4) m tall, from a thick rhizome.
Morphology Stem
Stems strongly ribbed, pubescent to velvety.
Morphology Leaves Leaflets
Leaflets 2.5–16.5 × 1.3–10 cm, elliptic or obovate-elliptic, acute to rounded and mucronulate at the apex, cuneate or rounded at the base, subentire or more usually broadly crenulate, somewhat rough on the upper surface, pubescent to velvety beneath; petiole 1–7 cm long, channelled; rhachis 2–30 mm long; petiolules 2–10 mm long; stipules 5–12 × (1)2–5 mm, eventually falling.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescences usually much branched and very lax with numerous flowers; peduncle 0–10 cm long; rhachis 6–35 cm long; pedicels 3–8 mm long, at first erect, later reflexed; primary bracts 3–10 × 1–2 mm, ovate-lanceolate, acuminate, persistent; secondary bracts 2–3 mm long, linear.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla reddish-purple, blue, rose or white; standard 6–8 × 4–6.5 mm, rounded.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit straight, 12–38 × 3–4(5) mm, 3–12-seeded, puberulous or subtomentellous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds chestnut-brown, compressed, smooth, c. 2 × 1.2 × 0.8 mm, reniform or oblong-ovoid.
[FZ]

Papilionaceae, Hutchinson and Dalziel. Flora of West Tropical Africa 1:2. 1958

Morphology General Habit
An erect, stiffly branched shrub, 6–10 ft. high
Morphology General Indumentum
Grey-downy all over
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers small in copious panicles, white, yellow or pink
Ecology
Sometimes gregarious in grass savannah
Note
Easily confused with Desmodium salicifolium.
[FWTA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Erect woody herb or subshrub, 0.3–3(–4) m. tall, from a thick rhizome.
Morphology Stem
Stems strongly ribbed, pubescent to velvety.
Morphology Leaves
Leaflets elliptic or obovate-elliptic, 2.5–16.5 cm. long, 1.3–10 cm. wide, acute to rounded and mucronulate at the apex, cuneate or rounded at the base, subentire but more usually broadly crenulate, somewhat rough above, pubescent to velvety beneath; petiole 1–7 cm. long, channelled; rhachis 0.2–3 cm. long; petiolules 0.2–1 cm. long; stipules 0.5–1.2 cm. long, (1–)2–5 mm. wide, eventually falling.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescences usually much branched and very lax with numerous flowers; rhachis 6–35 cm. long; peduncle 0–10 cm. long; pedicels 3–8 mm. long, at first erect, later reflexed; primary bracts ovate-lanceolate, 3–10 mm. long, 1–2 mm. wide, acuminate, persistent; secondary bracts linear, 2–3 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla reddish-purple, blue, rose or white. Standard rounded, 6–8 mm. long, 4–6.5 mm. wide.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Pods straight, 1.2–3.8 cm. long, 3–4(–5) mm. wide, 3–12-seeded, puberulous or subtomentellous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds chestnut-brown, reniform or oblong-ovoid, compressed, smooth, longest dimension ± 2 mm., shorter dimension 1.2 mm., 0.8 mm. thick.
[FTEA]

International Legume Database and Information Service

Conservation
Not Threatened
Ecology
Africa: Sudanian wooded grassland, Lake Victoria regional mosaic; wooded grassland, Lake Victoria regional transition zone; grasslands, Lake Victoria regional transition zone; woodland., Somalia-Masai wooded grasslands., Somalia-Masai woodland, Sudanian w
Morphology General Habit
Perennial, Not climbing, Herb/Shrub
Vernacular
Dikazolahy, Sofindambo
[ILDIS]

Extinction risk predictions for the world's flowering plants to support their conservation (2024). Bachman, S.P., Brown, M.J.M., Leão, T.C.C., Lughadha, E.N., Walker, B.E. https://nph.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/nph.19592

Conservation
Predicted extinction risk: not threatened. Confidence: confident
[AERP]

Uses

Use
Medicine
[ILDIS]

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