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  1. Family: Fabaceae Lindl.
    1. Genus: Vigna Savi
      1. Vigna fischeri Harms

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

    [FTEA]

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

    Habit
    Twining or trailing perennial herb 1·8–6 m. long.
    Stem
    Stems densely covered with spreading ferruginous hairs.
    Leaves
    Leaflets 3, ovate-lanceolate to lanceolate, 2·8–10 cm. long, 0·75–4·3 cm. wide, acuminate and mucronulate, cuneate to truncate at the base, sometimes slightly lobed or subhastate, hairy on both surfaces; petiole 1·8–7·5 cm. long; rhachis 0·5–1·6 cm. long; petiolules 2–3 mm. long; stipules ovate to linear-lanceolate, 3–8 mm. long, slightly bilobed at the base.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescences several-flowered; rhachis 2–3 cm. long; peduncles relatively long, 6–27 cm. long; pedicels 2–7 mm. long; bracteoles ultimately deciduous, linear-lanceolate, 2·5–4 mm. long, 1-nerved.
    Calyx
    Calyx sparsely to densely hairy; tube 2·5–5 mm. long; lateral lobes deltoid, 2·5–5 mm. long; lowest lobe narrower, linear-lanceolate, 5–7 mm. long; upper pair joined to form an acute lip.
    Corolla
    Standard yellow, sometimes tinged brown outside, oblate, 1·5–2·2 cm. long, 1·8–2·8 cm. wide, glabrous; wings yellow; keel greenish-yellow, sometimes brownish at the obtuse tip.
    Fruits
    Pods linear, compressed, 3–5·5 cm. long, 4–5·5 mm. wide, densely covered with spreading ferruginous hairs, ± 11-seeded.
    Seeds
    Seeds pinkish-brown or red, often mottled with black, oblong-ellipsoid, compressed, longest dimension 3·3–4·2 mm., shorter dimension 3–3·5 mm., ± 2 mm. thick; aril white, eccentric, fork-shaped with a short broad middle prong or sometimes reduced.
    Habitat
    Swampy grassland with scattered shrubs, upland grassland with scattered trees, forest edges, old cultivations, etc.; 1000–2250 m.
    Distribution
    K4 K5 T2 T3 T6 T7 T8

    Distribution

    Native to:

    Burundi, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia, Zaïre

    Other Data

    Vigna fischeri Harms appears in other Kew resources:

    Bibliography

    First published in Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 26: 310 (1899)

    Accepted by

    • Lock, J.M. (1989). Legumes of Africa a check-list: 1-619. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

    Literature

    Kew Backbone Distributions

    • Lock, J.M. (1989). Legumes of Africa a check-list: 1-619. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

    Flora of Tropical East Africa

    • Wilczek in Flore du Congo Belge et du Ruanda-Urundi, 6: 378 (1954).
    • Bak. f., Leguminosae of Tropical Africa: 404 (1929).
    • Harms in A. Engler, Botanische Jahrbücher für Systematik, Pflanzengeschichte und Pflanzengeographie 26: 310 (1899).

    Sources

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0

    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