Macrotyloma axillare var. axillare

This variety is accepted
The native range of this variety is Tropical & S. Africa, Madagascar, SW. Arabian Peninsula Sri Lanka. It is a scrambling annual or perennial and grows primarily in the seasonally dry tropical biome.


Native to:

Angola, Botswana, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Provinces, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, KwaZulu-Natal, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Northern Provinces, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Yemen, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

Introduced into:

Bolivia, New Caledonia, Queensland


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POWO follows these authorities in accepting this name:

  • Gosline, G., Bidault, E., van der Burgt, X., Cahen, D., Challen, G., Condé, N., Couch, C., Couvreur, T.L.P., Dagallier, L.M.J., Darbyshire, I., Dawson, S., Doré, T.S., Goyder, D., Grall, A., Haba, P., Haba, P., Harris, D., Hind, D.J.N., Jongkind, & al. (2023). A Taxonomically-verified and Vouchered Checklist of the Vascular Plants of the Republic of Guinea. Nature, scientific data 10, Article number: 327: [1]-[12].
  • Govaerts, R., Nic Lughadha, E., Black, N., Turner, R. & Paton, A. (2021). The World Checklist of Vascular Plants, a continuously updated resource for exploring global plant diversity. Scientific Data 8: 215.

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Brunel, J.F., Hiepo, P. & Scholz, H. (eds.) (1984). Flore Analytique du Togo Phanérogames: 1-751. GTZ, Eschborn.
  • Figueiredo, E. & Smith, G.F. (2008). Plants of Angola. Strelitzia 22: 1-279. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
  • Germishuizen, G. & Meyer, N.L. (eds.) (2003). Plants of Southern Africa an annotated checklist. Strelitzia 14: 1-1231. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
  • Hedberg, I. & Edwards, S. (eds.) (1989 publ. 1990). Flora of Ethiopia and Eritrea 3: 1-659. The National Herbarium, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia & The Department of Systematic Botany, Upps.
  • Jørgensen, P.M., Nee, M.H. & Beck., S.G. (eds.) (2013). Catálogo de las plantas vasculares de Bolivia. Monographs in Systematic Botany from the Missouri Botanical Garden 127: 1-1741. Missouri Botanical Garden.
  • Kumar, S. & Sane, P.V. (2003). Legumes of South Asia. A Checklist: 1-536. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Lepschi, B. & Monro, A. (Project Coordinators) (2014). Australian Plant Census (APC) Council of Heads of Australian Herbaria.
  • 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.
  • MacKee, H.S. (1994). Catalogue des plantes introduites et cultivées en Nouvelle-Calédonie, ed. 2: 1-164. Museum national d'histoire naturelle, Paris.
  • Mackinder, B., Pasquet, R., Polhill, R. & Verdcourt, B. (2001). Flora Zambesiaca 3(5): 1-261. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Troupin, G. (ed.) (1983). Flora du Rwanda 2: 1-603. Musee Royal de l'Afrique Centrale.
  • Wood, J.R.I. (1997). A handbook of the Yemen Flora: 1-434. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

International Legume Database and Information Service

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

Other Data

Other Kew resources that provide information on this taxon:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status Has image?
Aug 1, 1982 Drege [s.n.] South Africa K000263669 Type Yes
Aug 1, 1982 Drege [s.n.] South Africa K000263668 Isosyntype Yes
s.coll. [s.n.] Kenya K001352117 Yes
s.coll. [s.n.] Tanzania K001352132 Yes
s.coll. [s.n.] Uganda K001352096 Yes
s.coll. [s.n.] Uganda K001352101 Yes
s.coll. [s.n.] Kenya K001352106 Yes
s.coll. [s.n.] Kenya K001352122 Yes
s.coll. [s.n.] Kenya K001352107 Yes
s.coll. [s.n.] Kenya K001352119 Yes
s.coll. [s.n.] Tanzania K001352144 Yes
s.coll. [s.n.] Sierra Leone K001354837 Yes
s.coll. [s.n.] Uganda K001352088 Yes
s.coll. [s.n.] Uganda K001352090 Yes
s.coll. [s.n.] Uganda K001352102 Yes
s.coll. [s.n.] Uganda K001352089 Yes
s.coll. [s.n.] Tanzania K001352141 Yes
s.coll. [s.n.] Nigeria K001354841 Yes
s.coll. [s.n.] Tanzania K001352150 Yes
s.coll. [s.n.] Tanzania K001352151 Yes
s.coll. [s.n.] Kenya K001352110 Yes
s.coll. [s.n.] Tanzania K001352157 Yes
s.coll. [s.n.] Uganda K001352105 Yes
s.coll. [s.n.] Uganda K001352104 Yes
s.coll. [s.n.] Tanzania K001352136 Yes
s.coll. [s.n.] Kenya K001352124 Yes
s.coll. [s.n.] Kenya K001352118 Yes
s.coll. [s.n.] Nigeria K001354842 Yes
s.coll. [s.n.] Tanzania K001352142 Yes
s.coll. [s.n.] Saudi Arabia K001350991 Yes
s.coll. [s.n.] Tanzania K001352155 Yes
s.coll. [s.n.] Tanzania K001352138 Yes
s.coll. [s.n.] Uganda K001352103 Yes
s.coll. [s.n.] Uganda K001352087 Yes
s.coll. [s.n.] Tanzania K001352152 Yes
s.coll. [s.n.] Kenya K001352108 Yes
s.coll. [s.n.] Tanzania K001352159 Yes
s.coll. [s.n.] Tanzania K001352154 Yes
s.coll. [s.n.] Kenya K001352111 Yes
s.coll. [s.n.] Madagascar K001352588 Yes
s.coll. [s.n.] Madagascar K001352587 Yes
s.coll. [s.n.] Madagascar K001352586 Yes
s.coll. [s.n.] Tanzania K001352133 Yes
s.coll. [s.n.] Tanzania K001352148 Yes
s.coll. [s.n.] Tanzania K001352143 Yes
s.coll. [s.n.] Tanzania K001352145 Yes
s.coll. [s.n.] Tanzania K001352135 Yes
s.coll. [s.n.] Kenya K001352113 Yes
s.coll. [s.n.] Nigeria K001354840 Yes
s.coll. [s.n.] Uganda K001352098 Yes
s.coll. [s.n.] Uganda K001352100 Yes
s.coll. [s.n.] Tanzania K001352129 Yes
s.coll. [s.n.] Tanzania K001352147 Yes
s.coll. [s.n.] Tanzania K001352139 Yes
s.coll. [s.n.] Tanzania K001352140 Yes
s.coll. [s.n.] Uganda K001352099 Yes
s.coll. [s.n.] K001352686 No
s.coll. [s.n.] Togo K001354839 Yes
s.coll. [s.n.] Uganda K001352095 Yes
s.coll. [s.n.] Tanzania K001352158 Yes
s.coll. [s.n.] Kenya K001352121 Yes
s.coll. [s.n.] Tanzania K001352156 Yes
s.coll. [s.n.] Kenya K001352116 Yes
s.coll. [s.n.] Kenya K001352115 Yes
s.coll. [s.n.] Tanzania K001352146 Yes
s.coll. [s.n.] Kenya K001352120 Yes
s.coll. [s.n.] Tanzania K001352130 Yes
s.coll. [s.n.] Uganda K001352092 Yes
s.coll. [s.n.] K001352688 No
s.coll. [s.n.] Tanzania K001352153 Yes
s.coll. [s.n.] Uganda K001352097 Yes
s.coll. [s.n.] Uganda K001352094 Yes
s.coll. [s.n.] Tanzania K001352131 Yes
s.coll. [s.n.] Madagascar K001352585 Yes
s.coll. [s.n.] Cameroon K000746565 Yes
s.coll. [s.n.] K001352687 No
s.coll. [s.n.] Tanzania K001352149 Yes
s.coll. [s.n.] Kenya K001352109 Yes
s.coll. [s.n.] Kenya K001352112 Yes
s.coll. [s.n.] Uganda K001352091 Yes
s.coll. [s.n.] Uganda K001352093 Yes
s.coll. [s.n.] Tanzania K001352134 Yes
s.coll. [s.n.] Saudi Arabia K001350992 Yes
s.coll. [s.n.] Ghana K001354838 Yes
s.coll. [s.n.] Kenya K001352123 Yes
s.coll. [s.n.] Tanzania K001352137 No
s.coll. [s.n.] Kenya K001352114 Yes
s.coll. [s.n.] Kenya K001352125 Yes


  • Herbarium Catalogue Specimens

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  • International Legume Database and Information Service

    • International Legume Database and Information Service (ILDIS) V10.39 Nov 2011
  • Kew Backbone Distributions

    • The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Vascular Plants 2024. Published on the Internet at and
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  • Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone

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    • © Copyright 2023 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Vascular Plants.