Pycnospora lutescens (Poir.) Schindl.

First published in J. Bot. 64: 145 (1926)
This species is accepted
The native range of this species is E. Central & E. Tropical Africa, Tropical & Subtropical Asia to N. Australia. It is a subshrub or perennial and grows primarily in the seasonally dry tropical biome.

Descriptions

International Legume Database and Information Service

Conservation
Not Threatened
Ecology
Africa: Lake Victoria regional transition zone; grasslands, Somalia-Masai grasslands, Somalia-Masai bushland and thicket, Somalia-Masai woodland, Lake Victoria regional mosaic; bushland and thicket, Lake Victoria regional transition zone; woodland., Lake
Morphology General Habit
Perennial, Not climbing, Herb/Shrub
[ILDIS]

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

Morphology General Habit
Erect or prostrate herb or subshrub, with several to many stems 10–30(–50) cm. long from a woody rootstock.
Morphology Stem
Stems branched, pubescent.
Morphology Leaves
Leaflets oblong, elliptic, obovate or almost round, 0.6–3.4(–4.3) cm. long, 0.6–1.8(–2.5) cm. wide, rounded and mucronulate at the apex, narrowed to a rounded or subcordate base, puberulous or pubescent above and pubescent with longer hairs beneath; venation reticulate beneath; petiole 0.7–1 cm. long, channelled; rhachis 0.3–1 cm. long; petiolules 1–2 mm. long; stipules persistent, 4–7 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescences with a rhachis 3–7 cm. long; peduncles 0–1 cm. long; pedicels 4–6 mm. long, all pubescent and with conspicuous bulbous-based hairs; bracts ovate or oblong, 5–6.5 mm. long, 2–3 mm. wide, caudate, strongly striate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx-tube 1–1.5 mm. long; lobes triangular, 3–3.5 mm. long, acuminate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla blue or violet; standard 7 mm. long, 7–8 mm. wide.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Pod 0.7–1.2 cm. long, 3–5 mm. wide, at first yellow but later becoming black, pubescent.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds yellow-brown when ripe, oblong-reniform, longest dimension 2.2 mm., shorter dimension 1.4 mm., 0.7 mm. thick.
Figures
Fig. 68.
Habitat
Grassland, bushland, scrub and woodland, often on rocky or gravelly hillsides but also recorded from swampy areas; 1150–1650 m.
Distribution
K5 T1 T4 U2 U4 Congo, tropical Asia from India to Philippines, New Guinea and N. Australia
[FTEA]

Sources

  • Flora of Tropical East Africa

    • Flora of Tropical East Africa
    • http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0
  • Herbarium Catalogue Specimens

    • Digital Image © Board of Trustees, RBG Kew http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
  • International Legume Database and Information Service

    • International Legume Database and Information Service (ILDIS) V10.39 Nov 2011
    • http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0
  • Kew Backbone Distributions

    • The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Vascular Plants 2023. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and https://powo.science.kew.org/
    • © Copyright 2022 World Checklist of Vascular Plants. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0
  • Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone

    • The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Vascular Plants 2023. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and https://powo.science.kew.org/
    • © Copyright 2022 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Vascular Plants. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0