Desmodium velutinum (Willd.) DC.

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Desmodium velutinum

Photo: Meg Coates Palgrave
Nhambita (PSP15), Gorongosa, Sofala Province, Mozambique

Desmodium velutinum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Vunduzi River at opposite bank of Bunga Inselberg, northwestern Gorongosa National Park.

Desmodium velutinum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Vunduzi River at opposite bank of Bunga Inselberg, northwestern Gorongosa National Park.

Desmodium velutinum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Vunduzi River at opposite bank of Bunga Inselberg, northwestern Gorongosa National Park.

Desmodium velutinum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Vunduzi River at opposite bank of Bunga Inselberg, northwestern Gorongosa National Park.

Desmodium velutinum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Vunduzi River at opposite bank of Bunga Inselberg, northwestern Gorongosa National Park.

Desmodium velutinum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Vunduzi River at opposite bank of Bunga Inselberg, northwestern Gorongosa National Park.

Desmodium velutinum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along road North out of Chironde Camp, Coutada 12

Desmodium velutinum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along road North out of Chironde Camp, Coutada 12

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Synonyms: Anarthrosyne cordata Klotzsch
Desmodium lasiocarpum (P. Beauv.) DC.
Hedysarum velutinum Willd.
Common names:
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Erect, subshrub or woody herb, 0.5 -3 m tall. Stems with dense spreading ferrugineous hairs when young, becoming hairless below. Leaves 1-foliolate; leaflet lamina large, 3-19 × 2-13 cm, ovate to almost circular; apex bluntly acute to rounded; appressed-pubescent above, velvety beneath; petiole 1.5 - 3.5 mm. Inflorescences of terminal and axillary false racemes. Calyx hairy; lobes to 1.5 mm long. Standard violet, lilac, red or blue. Fruit of 2-7 articles, bearing hooked hairs; articles 2.5-4 mm long. Seeds brown.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: velutinum: velvety
Habitat: In grassland and woodland, sometimes in riverine habitats.
Altitude range: 100 - 1320 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in the Old World tropics
Mozambique distribution: N,Z,MS
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species:
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Content last updated: Saturday 19 August 2017
Literature:

Drummond, R.B. (1972). A list of Rhodesian Legumes. Kirkia 8(2) Page 219.

Verdcourt, B. (2000). Papilionoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(6) Pages 5 - 9. (Includes a picture).

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Flora of Malawi: Desmodium velutinum
Flora of Zambia: Desmodium velutinum
Flora of Zimbabwe: Desmodium velutinum

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Desmodium velutinum
African Plant Database: Desmodium velutinum
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Desmodium velutinum
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Desmodium velutinum
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Desmodium velutinum
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Desmodium velutinum
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Desmodium velutinum
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Desmodium velutinum
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Desmodium velutinum
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Desmodium velutinum
Ispot Southern Africa: Desmodium velutinum
JSTOR Plant Science: Desmodium velutinum
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Desmodium velutinum
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Desmodium velutinum
The Plant List (version 1.1): Desmodium velutinum
Tropicos: Desmodium velutinum


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-17

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2017). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Desmodium velutinum.
http://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=130920, retrieved 21 November 2017

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