3703.000 Psoralea L.

Verdcourt, B. (2000) Papilionoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(6)

Description of the genus

Small trees, shrubs or suffrutices, covered in prominent blackish-red glands, especially on the calyx. Leaves digitately 3-foliolate, 3–5-pinnate, 1-foliolate, or rarely reduced to scales; leaflets entire; stipules embracing the stem by the broad base, fused to petiole near the base. Flowers axillary, fasciculate, 1–5, each with or without a bract but always subtended by a lobed cupulum which itself is subtended by 2 free bracts; bracteoles absent. Calyx lobes equal, the upper 2 mostly connate; inner face of lobes invested with stubby black hairs; corolla blue; standard round; keel incurved, shortly clawed, somewhat falcate, with darker patch at tip. Ovary distinctly stipitate, 1-ovulate, glabrous with a few scattered recurved club-headed glands. Fruit pod, enclosed by the calyx at maturity, ovate, indehiscent. Seeds black, shortly funiculate.

Worldwide: 20 species, mostly in the Cape Province.

Mozambique: 2 taxa.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
arborea SimsM
glabra E. Mey.M

Other sources of information about Psoralea:

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Psoralea
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Psoralea
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Psoralea
Wikipedia: Psoralea
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Psoralea
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Psoralea

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-22

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2022). Flora of Mozambique: Genus page: Psoralea.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=2308, retrieved 5 October 2022

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