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  1. Family: Fabaceae Lindl.
    1. Genus: Abrus Adans.
      1. Species: Abrus melanospermus Hassk.
        1. Abrus melanospermus subsp. suffruticosus (Boutique) D.K.Harder

        This subspecies is accepted, and its native range is Tropical Africa.

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    Flora Zambesiaca Leguminosae subfamily Papillionoideae by D.K. Harder

    Habit
    Procumbent or ascending woody herb or subshrub 0.2–1 m long, with a woody rhizomatous rootstock.
    Leaves
    Leaflets 11–17 on each side of the rachis, smaller, 1–1.5 cm × 3–4.5 mm.
    Indumentum
    Indumentum usually dense, the stem and rachis with appressed or spreading rusty-brown hairs contrasting with sometimes dense silky grey hairs on the leaflets.
    Fruits
    Pods 2.2–3(4) × 0.9–1.2 cm.
    Distribution
    Also in West Africa from Sierra Leone to the Central African Republic, and in Congo, Tanzania and Angola.
    Ecology
    Miombo and Kalahari sand woodlands; 400–1800 m.

    Distribution

    Native to:

    Angola, Burundi, Central African Repu, Chad, Congo, Guinea-Bissau, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Zambia, Zaïre

    Synonyms

    Other Data

    Abrus melanospermus subsp. suffruticosus (Boutique) D.K.Harder appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Harris, T. [52], Mozambique K000545049

    Bibliography

    First published in Novon 10: 124 (2000)

    Accepted by

    • Harris, T., Darbyshire, I. & Polhill, R. (2011). New species and range extensions from Mt Namuli, Mt Mabu and Mt Chiperone in northern Mozambique Kew Bulletin 66: 241-251. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Figueiredo, E. & Smith, G.F. (2008). Plants of Angola Strelitzia 22: 1-279. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
    • Brummitt, R.K. & al. (2007). Flora Zambesiaca 3(3): 1-258. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

    Literature

    Flora Zambesiaca

    • in Novon 10: 124 (2000).

    Kew Backbone Distributions

    • Harris, T., Darbyshire, I. & Polhill, R. (2011). New species and range extensions from Mt Namuli, Mt Mabu and Mt Chiperone in northern Mozambique Kew Bulletin 66: 241-251. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Sita, P. & Moutsambote, J.-M. (2005). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Congo, ed. sept. 2005: 1-158. ORSTOM, Centre de Brazzaville.
    • Lock, J.M. (1989). Legumes of Africa a check-list: 1-619. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

    Sources

    Flora Zambesiaca
    Flora Zambesiaca
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0

    Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
    'The Herbarium Catalogue, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the Internet http://www.kew.org/herbcat [accessed on Day Month Year]'. Please enter the date on which you consulted the system.

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2020. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

    Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2020. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0