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This species is accepted, and its native range is Ethiopia to S. Africa.

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International Legume Database and Information Service

Conservation
Not Threatened
Ecology
Africa: Afromontane grassland, Afromontane (upland) shrubland ('moorland')., Afromontane bamboo thicket.
Habit
Perennial, Not climbing, Herb

[FTEA]

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

Habit
Perennial herb with a taproot; stems glabrous, or nearly so, creeping and rooting at the nodes or, less often, ascending.
Leaves
Leaves glabrous or nearly so, with a well-developed free petiole; free part of stipule (in Flora area) triangular, tapering gradually to the tip, much shorter than the base; leaflets cuneate-obovate, cuneate-oblong or cuneate-elliptic, less often oblong, emarginate or, less often, truncate or rounded at the tip, up to 25(–50) by 19 mm. wide; teeth rather small; main nerves 10–15 on each side at ± 50° to the midrib.
Inflorescences
Inflorescences many-flowered, ± globular, up to 3 cm. across; peduncle longer than subtending leaf, pilose towards the top; bracts 0–5·2 mm. long; pedicels stout, 2–2·5 mm. long, ± erect in fruit, glabrous.
Calyx
Calyx glabrous except for a few hairs at the margin; tube 11-nerved, 2–3 mm. long; teeth triangular for ± 0·5 mm. at the base only, then subulate, in all 4–7 mm. long.
Corolla
Corolla purple; standard 8–13 mm. long; blade of wing straight, ± oblong, its auricle less than 0·5 mm. long.
Ovary
Ovary glabrous or minutely scabrid-punctate, 2(less often 3 or 4)-ovulate.
Fruits
Pod ± 5 by 3 mm.
Seeds
Seeds 1–2, dark brown, irregularly oval, ± 2·1 by 1·8 mm.

Native to:

Angola, Cape Provinces, Ethiopia, Free State, Kenya, KwaZulu-Natal, Lesotho, Northern Provinces, Tanzania, Uganda

Introduced into:

Queensland

Trifolium burchellianum Ser. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Forbes [s.n.], South Africa K000226776
Welwitsch [1901], Angola K000226773
Welwitsch [1901b], Angola K000226774
Wallich [s.n.], South Africa K000226778
Bowie [s.n.], South Africa K000226780
Burchell, W.J. [516], South Africa K000226781 Unknown type material
Burchell, W.J. [3779], South Africa K000226782
Burchell, W.J. [6020], South Africa K000226783
Ecklon, U.J. [807], South Africa K000226779 Unknown type material
Gill [s.n.], South Africa K000226777

First published in A.P.de Candolle, Prodr. 2: 200 (1825)

Accepted by

  • Lepschi, B. & Monro, A. (Project Coordinators) (2014). Australian Plant Census (APC) Council of Heads of Australian Herbaria. http://www.anbg.gov.au/chah/apc/index.html.
  • 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.
  • Lock, J.M. (1989). Legumes of Africa a check-list: 1-619. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Lepschi, B. & Monro, A. (Project Coordinators) (2014). Australian Plant Census (APC) Council of Heads of Australian Herbaria. http://www.anbg.gov.au/chah/apc/index.html.
  • 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.
  • Lock, J.M. (1989). Legumes of Africa a check-list: 1-619. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Gilett in Kew Bulletin 24: 217 (1970).
  • Gilett in Kew Bulletin 7: 381 (1952)
  • Harv. in Fl. Cap. 2: 159 (1862).
  • Ser. in DC., Prodr. 2: 200 (1825).

International Legume Database and Information Service

  • Gillett, J. B. et al. (1971). Papilionoideae. In: Fl. Trop. E. Africa, Milne-Redhead & Polhill

Flora of Tropical East Africa
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International Legume Database and Information Service
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Kew Backbone Distributions
The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2021. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
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Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
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