Baphia massaiensis var. whitei (Brummitt) Soladoye

First published in Kew Bull. 40: 339 (1985)
This variety is accepted
The native range of this variety is Angola to Zambia. It is a shrub or tree and grows primarily in the seasonally dry tropical biome.

Descriptions

Flora Zambesiaca Leguminosae subfamily Papillionoideae by R.K. Brummitt

Morphology Leaves
Leaflet coriaceous, up to 10 × 7 cm, ovate or elliptic or ± obovate, acute to acuminate or broadly rounded at the apex, with a very fine reticulate venation on both surfaces; the upper surface densely puberulous when young but glabrescent, the lower surface appressed-pubescent when young but slowly glabrescent and somewhat glaucous, usually with minute scattered dark purplish hairs with persistent swollen bases; petiole ± short and stout, 6–14 mm long, with the upper and lower pulvini often contiguous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx 8–11 mm long, spathaceous, splitting into at least 3 at the apex, persistent. Calyx 8–11 mm long, spathaceous, splitting into at least 3 at the apex, persistent.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals usually purplish-pink, sometimes white, with a yellow blotch near base of the standard; standard 10–18 × 12–15 mm; wings 12–18 × 4–7 mm; keel petals 12–16 mm long. Petals usually purplish-pink, sometimes white, with a yellow blotch near base of the standard; standard 10–18 × 12–15 mm; wings 12–18 × 4–7 mm; keel petals 12–16 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Ovary
Ovary ± densely brown-pubescent to villous. Ovary ± densely brown-pubescent to villous.
Morphology General Indumentum
Young fruits dark purplish and densely pubescent; mature fruits c.9 × 12 cm, light purplish-brown, glabrous.
Distribution
Also in Angola.
Ecology
In dry Cryptosepalum woodland on Kalahari sands; 900–1500 m.
Morphology General Habit
Shrub or small tree up to 10 m high. Shrub or small tree up to 10 m high.
Morphology Leaves Leaflets
Leaflet coriaceous, up to 10 × 7 cm, ovate or elliptic or ± obovate, acute to acuminate or broadly rounded at the apex, with a very fine reticulate venation on both surfaces; the upper surface densely puberulous when young but glabrescent, the lower surface appressed-pubescent when young but slowly glabrescent and somewhat glaucous, usually with minute scattered dark purplish hairs with persistent swollen bases; petiole ± short and stout, 6–14 mm long, with the upper and lower pulvini often contiguous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers in dense or somewhat lax axillary fascicles; pedicels up to 14 mm long; pedicels and buds covered with spreading to appressed brownish hairs; bracteoles 2–3 mm long, narrowly ovate to linear-oblong, pubescent. Flowers in dense or somewhat lax axillary fascicles; pedicels up to 14 mm long; pedicels and buds covered with spreading to appressed brownish hairs; bracteoles 2–3 mm long, narrowly ovate to linear-oblong, pubescent.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Young fruits dark purplish and densely pubescent; mature fruits c.9 × 12 cm, light purplish-brown, glabrous.
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Sources

  • Flora Zambesiaca

    • Flora Zambesiaca
    • http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/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 2023 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 2023 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Vascular Plants. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0