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  1. Family: Fabaceae Lindl.
    1. Genus: Vigna Savi
      1. Vigna platyloba Welw. ex Hiern

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

    [FZ]

    Leguminosae, B. Mackinder, R. Pasquet, R. Polhill and B. Verdcourt. Flora Zambesiaca 3:5. 2001

    Habit
    Perennial climbing or trailing herb up to 2 m long.
    Stem
    Stem densely pubescent with short ±appressed or longer spreading hairs.
    Leaflets
    Leaflets 3, 6.5–15 × 3–9 cm, ovate- or rhombic-oblong in outline, terminal leaflet shortly obtusely 3-lobed or more rarely entire, lateral leaflets with only one outer lobe, rounded or truncate or cuneate and mucronulate at the apex, cuneate to rounded at the base, velvety or at least covered with appressed hairs on both surfaces; tertiary venation ± subparallel; petiole 1.2–7 cm long; rhachis 0.5–1.5 cm long; stipules 5–10 × 1–1.5 mm, triangular, multinerved, slightly prolonged and subcordate at the base.
    Inflorescences
    Peduncle 3–21 cm × 1–2 mm, pubescent; rhachis 0.6–3 cm long, 3–10-noded, internodes 2–7 mm long.
    Flowers
    Flower purple, 17–27 mm long; pedicel 0.5–1 mm long, not expanding as the pod matures; bracteoles 4–6 × 1–1.5 mm, linear, 1-nerved.
    Calyx
    Calyx densely appressed hairy, often velvety, with white and dark brown hairs; tube c. 4 mm long; lobes 1.5–7 mm long, oblong-triangular to triangular-lanceolate, the lowest slightly longer, the upper pair joined for over a half to two-thirds of their length to form a bifid lobe.
    Corolla
    Standard with 2 parallel widely spaced appendages; keel beaked (2–3 mm long), slightly twisted towards the left.
    Ovary
    Ovary 9–12-ovuled.
    Fruits
    Pods 6.5–9 cm × 6–7 mm, linear-cylindrical, densely appressed pubescent with white and dark brown hairs, with a curved beak.
    Seeds
    Seed 4.5–6 × 3–4.5 × 2.5–3.5 mm; hilum excentric, 1.5 mm long, nearly half the length of the seed; aril slightly developed.
    [FTEA]

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

    Habit
    Perennial climbing or trailing herb ± 2 m. long.
    Stem
    Stems densely pubescent with short ± adpressed or longer spreading hairs.
    Leaves
    Leaflets 3, ovate-or rhomboid-oblong in outline, 3–11·5 cm. long, 1·5–8·5 cm. wide, terminal leaflet shortly obtusely 3-lobed or more rarely entire, lateral leaflets with only one outer lobe, rounded or truncate and mucronulate at the apex, cuneate to rounded at the base, velvety or at least covered with adpressed hairs on both surfaces; tertiary venation ± subparallel; petioles 1–6 cm. long; rhachis 0·5–2·2 cm. long; petiolules 3–5 mm. long; stipules triangular, 5–10 mm. long, slightly prolonged and subcordate at the base.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescences axillary; rhachis up to 2·5 cm. long, the nodes conspicuously glandular; peduncle 5–21 cm. long; pedicels practically obsolete; bracteoles at length deciduous, linear, 3·5–8 mm. long.
    Calyx
    Calyx densely adpressed hairy, often velvety, with white and dark brown hairs; tube ± 4 mm. long; lobes oblong-triangular to triangular-lanceolate, 5–7 mm. long, the lowest longest, the upper pair joined for over half their length to form a bifid lobe.
    Corolla
    Standard pale violet or magenta inside, dull bluish-purple outside, oblate-obovate, 2·2 cm. long, 2·4 cm. wide, emarginate, glabrous; wings deeper mauve or magenta with whitish edges; keel white.
    Fruits
    Pods linear-cylindrical, 4–9 cm. long, 6 mm. wide, densely adpressed pubescent with white and dark brown hairs, ± 12-seeded.
    Seeds
    Seeds dark or pinkish red with blackish speckling, oblong, compressed, longest dimension 4–5–6 mm., shorter dimension 3·5–4·5 mm., 2·5–3·2 mm. thick; hilum nearly half the length of the seed; aril only slightly developed.
    Habitat
    Woodland and bushland, also as a weed; 1200–1800 m.
    Distribution
    T7
    [ILDIS]

    International Legume Database and Information Service

    Conservation
    Not Threatened
    Ecology
    Africa: Zambezian bushland and thicket, Zambezian woodland
    Habit
    Perennial, Climbing/Not climbing, Herb

    Distribution

    Native to:

    Angola, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia, Zaïre

    Other Data

    Vigna platyloba Welw. ex Hiern appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    May 22, 2002 Fanshawe, D.B. [3549], Zambia K000071850
    May 22, 2002 White, F. [2440], Zambia K000071853
    May 22, 2002 Welwitsch [2278], Angola K000071854
    May 22, 2002 Richards, H.M. [1296], Zambia K000071847
    May 22, 2002 Richards, H.M. [5515], Zambia K000071848
    May 22, 2002 Richards, H.M. [s.n.], Zambia K000071849
    May 22, 2002 Richards, H.M. [11278], Zambia K000071852
    May 22, 2002 Verboom, W.C. [LK88], Zambia K000071851
    May 22, 2002 Barbosa, G. [8.888], Angola K000071855
    May 21, 2002 Jackson, G. [1588], Malawi K000071839
    May 21, 2002 Jackson, G. [1588], Malawi K000071840
    May 21, 2002 Jackson, G. [1588], Malawi K000071841
    May 21, 2002 Richards, H.M. [16498], Malawi K000071842
    May 21, 2002 Whyte, A. [s.n.], Malawi K000071834
    May 21, 2002 Whyte, A. [s.n.], Malawi K000071838
    May 21, 2002 Pawek, Jean [5879], Malawi K000071843
    May 21, 2002 Pawek, Jean [6057], Malawi K000071844
    May 21, 2002 Pawek, Jean [6575], Malawi K000071845
    May 21, 2002 Pawek, Jean [9936], Malawi K000071846
    May 21, 2002 Pawek, Jean [7368], Malawi K000071835
    May 21, 2002 Pawek, Jean [8501B], Malawi K000071836
    May 21, 2002 Pawek, Jean [11743], Malawi K000071837
    Bidgood, S. [5781], Tanzania K000468644

    Bibliography

    First published in Cat. Afr. Pl. 1: 257 (1896)

    Accepted by

    • Figueiredo, E. & Smith, G.F. (2008). Plants of Angola Strelitzia 22: 1-279. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
    • Mackinder, B., Pasquet, R., Polhill, R. & Verdcourt, B. (2001). Flora Zambesiaca 3(5): 1-261. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Lock, J.M. (1989). Legumes of Africa a check-list: 1-619. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

    Literature

    Kew Backbone Distributions

    • Figueiredo, E. & Smith, G.F. (2008). Plants of Angola Strelitzia 22: 1-279. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
    • Mackinder, B., Pasquet, R., Polhill, R. & Verdcourt, B. (2001). Flora Zambesiaca 3(5): 1-261. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Lock, J.M. (1989). Legumes of Africa a check-list: 1-619. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

    Flora of Tropical East Africa

    • Torre in Consp. Fl. Angol. 3: 268 (1966).
    • Bak. f., Leguminosae of Tropical Africa: 405 (1929).
    • Hiern in Cat. Afr. PI. Welw. 1: 257 (1896).

    International Legume Database and Information Service

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

    Sources

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

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    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.

    International Legume Database and Information Service
    International Legume Database and Information Service (ILDIS) V10.39 Nov 2011
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/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