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This species is accepted, and its native range is S. Tropical & S. Africa, Comoros, Madagascar.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FZ]

Leguminosae, B. Mackinder, R. Pasquet, R. Polhill and B. Verdcourt. Flora Zambesiaca 3:5. 2001

Morphology General Habit
Perennial twiner with slender wiry sparsely to densely pubescent stems 2–4 m long.
Morphology Leaves Leaflets
Leaflets 3, 1.2–7 × 1–6.7 cm, terminal broadly rhombic or triangular, gradually narrowed to an obtuse or subacute apex, laterals obliquely rhombic-ovate with lower margin distinctly gibbous, sparsely pubescent or glabrescent above, pubescent on the nerves and veins beneath and with numerous golden gland dots (densely velvety in a South African variety); petiole 1.2–4.2 cm long; rhachis 0.7–2.2 cm long; stipules 4–8 × 1.5–2.5 mm, ovate to lanceolate, acuminate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescences axillary, slender, lax, 4–15.5 cm long, unbranched or often with a patent secondary branchlet a short distance below the base of the main rhachis, rarely with many branches; pedicels 3–8 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx puberulous; tube 3–4 mm long; lobes unequal, ± obtuse to narrowly acuminate, the upper pair joined almost to the apex to form a lobe 1.5–4 mm long; lateral lobes 1.5–5 mm long, broadly triangular, lowest lobe 3–8 mm long, narrowly triangular to linear.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla yellow with purple veining; standard 10–17 × 12–14 mm, obovate, glabrous; wings yellow; keel green often with a dark tip.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Pods 2–4 × 0.8 cm, falcate, not inflated, finely pubescent and with sparse to dense long silky glandular-based hairs sometimes breaking off to leave small tubercles.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds dark reddish-brown with darker markings, 4.5 × 4 × 1.5 mm, rounded reniform, compressed.

[ILDIS]

International Legume Database and Information Service

Conservation
Not Threatened
Morphology General Habit
Perennial, Climbing/Not climbing, Herb
Vernacular
Teloravy

[ILDIS]

International Legume Database and Information Service

Morphology General Habit
Perennial, Climbing, Herb

[ILDIS]

International Legume Database and Information Service

Conservation
Insufficiently known
Morphology General Habit
Perennial, Climbing, Herb

Native to:

Botswana, Cape Provinces, Comoros, Free State, KwaZulu-Natal, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Northern Provinces, Swaziland, Zimbabwe

Introduced into:

Canary Is., Cuba, Mexico Gulf

Rhynchosia caribaea (Jacq.) DC. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Drège [s.n.], South Africa K000419637 Unknown type material
South Africa K000419638
Gay, J. [s.n.], South Africa K000419639
Rogers, F.A. [14511], South Africa K000419640 Unknown type material
Dyer, R.A. [1838], South Africa K000419644 Unknown type material
Rogers, F.A. [14511], South Africa K000419641 Unknown type material
Swynnerton, C.F.M. [448] K000263756 isolectotype
Dyer, R.A. [1838], South Africa K000419643

First published in Prodr. 2: 384 (1825)

Accepted by

  • Acevedo-Rodríguez, P. & Strong, M.T. (2012). Catalogue of seed plants of the West Indies Smithsonian Contributions to Botany 98: 1-1192.
  • Dobignard, A. & Chatelain, C. (2012). Index synonymique de la flore d'Afrique du nord 4: 1-431. Éditions des conservatoire et jardin botaniques, Genève.
  • Du Puy, D.J., Labat, N.-N., Rabevohitra, R., Villiers, J.-F., Bosser, J. & Moat, J. (2002). The Leguminosae of Madagascar: 1-737. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • 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.
  • Mackinder, B., Pasquet, R., Polhill, R. & Verdcourt, B. (2001). Flora Zambesiaca 3(5): 1-261. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Villaseñor, J.L. (2016). Checklist of the native vascular plants of Mexico Revista Mexicana de Biodiversidad 87: 559-902.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Acevedo-Rodríguez, P. & Strong, M.T. (2012). Catalogue of seed plants of the West Indies Smithsonian Contributions to Botany 98: 1-1192.
  • Dobignard, A. & Chatelain, C. (2012). Index synonymique de la flore d'Afrique du nord 4: 1-431. Éditions des conservatoire et jardin botaniques, Genève.
  • Du Puy, D.J., Labat, N.-N., Rabevohitra, R., Villiers, J.-F., Bosser, J. & Moat, J. (2002). The Leguminosae of Madagascar: 1-737. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • 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.
  • Mackinder, B., Pasquet, R., Polhill, R. & Verdcourt, B. (2001). Flora Zambesiaca 3(5): 1-261. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Villaseñor, J.L. (2016). Checklist of the native vascular plants of Mexico Revista Mexicana de Biodiversidad 87: 559-902.

International Legume Database and Information Service

  • Du Puy, D. J. et al. (2002). The Leguminosae of Madagascar. RBG Kew.

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