1. Family: Fabaceae Lindl.
    1. Elephantorrhiza Benth.

      1. This genus is accepted, and its native range is Tanzania to S. Africa.

    [LOWO]

    Legumes of the World. Edited by G. Lewis, B. Schrire, B. MacKinder & M. Lock. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. (2005)

    Vernacular
    elands bean, intolwane
    Habit
    Trees, shrubs and suffrutices
    Ecology
    Tropical and subtropical woodland, bushland and thicket, shrubland and grassland; often in open rocky areas
    Distribution
    Africa S of the equator (Zambezian and Kalahari-Highveld Regional Centres of Endemism; centre of diversity in southern Africa)
    Note
    Well supported in a clade with Entada (Luckow et al., 2003), in the Entada group

    The tribe Mimoseae (sensu Bentham, 1875) is retained here simply as a matter of convenience. All recent phylogenetic analyses indicate that Ingeae and Acacieae are derived from within Mimoseae (Chappill & Maslin, 1995; Käss & Wink, 1996; Luckow et al., 2000; Bruneau et al., 2001; Luckow et al., 2003; Herendeen et al., 2003a), making it a paraphyletic group at best. The most recent studies indicate that it may not even be monophyletic with respect to the Caesalpinioideae (Luckow et al., 2000; Bruneau et al., 2001; Luckow et al., 2003).

    Although the outline of a new tribal classification of the mimosoids is emerging, we await better-supported phylogenies (based on more extensive data) before formalising new stable and useful groups. Some parts of the classification proposed here are better supported than others. Notably, the basal branches in Fig. 24 are poorly supported in most analyses and the relationships among the groups are likely to change as we acquire more data. As presently indicated (Luckow et al., 2003), the type genus Mimosa falls within the derived Piptadenia group which is in turn sister, and basally branching, to elements of Acacia and Ingeae (Fig. 24). A more narrowly circumscribed Mimoseae sens. strict. will thus leave the bulk of Mimoseae sens. lat. (i.e., as treated here) in need of new tribal allocation. The most conspicuous difference between the classification presented here and that of Lewis & Elias (1981) is the inclusion of tribe Parkieae within Mimoseae. The former was circumscribed based on imbricate aestivation of the calyx, and was considered the basal tribe within the Mimosoideae (Elias, 1981a). Recent phylogenetic analyses (Chappill & Maslin, 1995; Luckow et al., 2000; Bruneau et al., 2001; Luckow et al., 2003; Herendeen et al., 2003a), indicate that the two genera in the Parkieae, Parkia and Pentaclethra, are not sister taxa (Fig. 24). Pentaclethra is nested within Mimoseae in Luckow et al. (2000), but is either sister to caesalpinioid taxa in Bruneau et al. (2001) and Herendeen et al. (2003a), or part of a basal polytomy with Mimoseae and caesalpinioid taxa (Luckow et al., 2003). Both Parkia and Pentaclethra are included in the tribe Mimoseae pending additional data and tribal recircumscription.

    Recent work (Luckow et al., submitted a) also indicates that the monospecific tribe Mimozygantheae should be subsumed in the Mimoseae near Piptadeniopsis and Prosopidastrum, currently in the Prosopis group. Otherwise, the informal groups within the Mimoseae recognised by Lewis & Elias (1981) are relatively well-supported by current phylogenies and only a few departures have been made from their system. Where relationships are either poorly supported or unresolved, the classification of Lewis & Elias (1981) is retained. The Xylia group is dismantled and the Adenanthera group recircumscribed to include Calpocalyx and Xylia . Desmanthus has been removed from the Dichrostachys group, as has Neptunia, in agreement with recent molecular and morphological phylogenetic studies (Harris et al., 1994; Hughes, 1998; Luckow, 1995, 1997). A new group is erected to accommodate Piptadeniastrum which is well separated from Newtonia in the most recent phylogeny (Luckow et al., 2000; 2003), and another to accommodate Cylicodiscus, which is more closely related to the clade containing the Prosopis, Leucaena, Dichrostachys, and Piptadenia groups than it is to the Newtonia group. Neptunia is well supported as sister to Prosopidastrum in recent analyses (Luckow et al., 2003) and is included in the Prosopis group here. Relationships of genera in the Prosopis group are not resolved, but the group is retained here as there is no evidence that it is not monophyletic. Genera newly described since 1981 include Alantsilodendron, Calliandropsis, Kanaloa, and Lemurodendron. Alantsilodendron and Calliandropsis are placed in the Dichrostachys group, and Kanaloa in the Leucaena group based on phylogenetic analyses (Hughes, 1998; Luckow, 1997; Luckow et al., 2000). Lemurodendron is tentatively included in the Newtonia group as suggested by Villiers & Guinet (1989). As treated here the Mimoseae comprises 40 genera and from (859)– 869–(879) species.

    [FTEA]

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

    Habit
    Small trees, shrubs or suffrutices, unarmed
    Leaves
    Leaves bipinnate, pinnae mostly with many pairs of leaflets
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescences of spiciform racemes which are axillary, solitary or clustered, often ± aggregated
    Flowers
    Flowers normally hermaphrodite
    Calyx
    Calyx gamosepalous, with 5 teeth
    Corolla
    Petals 5, connate below, free above
    Stamens
    Stamens 10, fertile, free, not adnate to corolla; anthers with a usually very caducous apical gland
    Fruits
    Pods straight or somewhat curved, not spirally twisted; at maturity the valves separating from the persistent sutures, but not splitting into segments; the outer layer (exocarp) of the pod-wall often peeling off the inner layer (endocarp), the layers remaining intact or breaking irregularly
    Seeds
    Seeds ± compressed.
    [FZ]

    Leguminosae, J.P.M. Brenan. Flora Zambesiaca 3:1. 1970

    Habit
    Small trees, shrubs or suffrutices, unarmed.
    Leaves
    Leaves 2-pinnate, pinnae mostly with many pairs of leaflets.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescences of spiciform racemes which are axillary, solitary or clustered, often ± aggregated; pedicels c. 1-2 mm. long.
    Flowers
    Flowers normally hermaphrodite.
    Calyx
    Calyx gamosepalous, small, c. 1-2·5 mm. long, with 5 teeth.
    Corolla
    Petals 5, free.
    Stamens
    Stamens 10, fertile, free among themselves, slightly adnate to the corolla; filaments c. 4-7·5 mm. long; anthers with a usually very caducous apical gland.
    Fruits
    Pods straight or somewhat curved, not spirally twisted; at maturity the valves separating from the persistent margins, but not splitting into segments; the outer layer (exocarp) of the pod-wall often peeling off the inner layer (endocarp), the layers remaining intact or breaking irregularly.
    Seeds
    Seeds ± compressed.
    [LOWO]
    Use
    The roots of various species ( elands bean, intolwane ) are a major source of tannins for tanning leather, and dyes; also used for medicine

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Angola, Botswana, Cape Provinces, Caprivi Strip, Free State, KwaZulu-Natal, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Northern Provinces, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe

    Introduced into:

    India

    Elephantorrhiza Benth. appears in other Kew resources:

    First published in J. Bot. (Hooker) 4: 344 (1841)

    Accepted by

    • Govaerts, R. (2001). World Checklist of Seed Plants Database in ACCESS E-F: 1-50919.

    Literature

    Flora Zambesiaca
    • Phillips in Bothalia, 1: 187-193 (1923).
    • in Hook., Journ. Bot. 4: 344 (1841)
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    • in Hook., Journ. Bot. 4: 344 (1841)

    Sources

    Flora Zambesiaca
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    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
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    Kew Backbone Distributions
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2018. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
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    Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2018. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
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