Skip to main content
  1. Family: Fabaceae Lindl.
    1. Genus: Vigna Savi
      1. Vigna wittei Baker f.

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Nigeria to Tanzania and Namibia.

    [FTEA]

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

    Habit
    Annual or perennial trailing or entirely prostrate herb, up to 1·8 m. long, or sometimes suberect and short, ± 15 cm. tall.
    Stem
    Stems densely covered with spreading yellowish or dark brown bristly hairs.
    Leaves
    Leaflets 3, ovate to lanceolate in outline, 2·8–10 cm. long, 0·7–7 cm. wide, entire to more usually 3-lobed or pinnatifid; lobes up to 9, the basal ones sometimes bifid at the apex, subacute and mucronulate at the apex, rounded to cuneate at the base, adpressed bristly pubescent on both surfaces; tertiary venation closely parallel and at right-angles to the midrib; petioles 2–26 cm. long; rhachis 0·5–3 cm. long; petiolules 3 mm. long; stipules lanceolate, 5–10 mm. long, prolonged and subcordate at the base.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescences axillary, sub-umbellate, 1–3-flowered; peduncle 4–25 cm. long; pedicels ± 1 mm. long; bracts and bracteoles deciduous, lanceolate, 2–3·5 mm. long.
    Calyx
    Calyx densely covered with white or brown bristly hairs; tube 3–4 mm. long; lobes linear-lanceolate, 5–9 mm. long, the upper pair joined for two-thirds of their length.
    Corolla
    Standard mauve, paler outside, obovate, 1–1·8 cm. long, 1·5–2 cm. wide, emarginate, glabrous; wings mauve; keel cream, the beak short, not twisted.
    Fruits
    Pods erect, linear-cylindrical, 3·8–5 cm. long, 4–5 mm. wide, sparsely covered with adpressed white or dark brown bristly hairs, 5–8-seeded.
    Seeds
    Seeds brown speckled dark brown, oblong, longest dimension 3–4·5 mm., shorter dimension 2–3 mm., 2–5 mm. thick; rim-aril developed, greenish.
    Habitat
    Grassland, dry woodland; 250–1160 m.
    Distribution
    T4 T8

    Distribution

    Native to:

    Burundi, Cameroon, Congo, Malawi, Namibia, Nigeria, Tanzania, Zambia, Zaïre

    Other Data

    Vigna wittei Baker f. appears in other Kew resources:

    Bibliography

    First published in Rev. Zool. Bot. Africaines 21: 304 (1932)

    Accepted by

    • 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.

    Literature

    Kew Backbone Distributions

    • 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.

    Flora of Tropical East Africa

    • Wilczek in Flore du Congo Belge et du Ruanda-Urundi, 6: 383 (1954).
    • Bak. f. in Rev. Zool. Bot. Afr. 21: 304 (1932).

    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