3897.000 Rhynchosia Lour.

Mackinder, B. et al. (2001) Papilionoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(5)

Description of the genus

Climbing or prostrate, rarely erect, herbs or subshrubs. Stipules present. Leaves 1-or 3-foliolate; leaflets usually with conspicuous resinous gland-dots beneath. Flowers spreading. Calyx 5-lobed, lobes unequal, the upper pair ± joined. Corolla frequently yellow, lined with brownish-purple. Ovary (1-)2-ovulate. Pods 3-4 × as long as broad, almost circular to narrowly oblong, flattened, often falcate, frequently glandular and velvety. Seeds flattened-spherical or subreniform; funicle inserted at middle of the circular hilum.

Derivation of name: Gk. rhynchos, a beak, snout or horn, referring to the keel of the flowers

Worldwide: c. 300 species, tropics

Mozambique: 41 taxa.

The larvae of the following species of insect eat species of this genus:
Leptotes group (Blues)
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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
albissima Gand.Z,GI,M
buchananii HarmsTDescription
caribaea (Jacq.) DC. var. caribaea T,MS,GI,M
chimanimaniensis Verdc.[NrEnd][VU]MSDescription, Image
clivorum S. Moore subsp. gurueensis Verdc.[End]Z
clivorum S. Moore subsp. pycnantha (Harms) Verdc.Z,T,MSDescription, Image
densiflora (Roth) DC. subsp. chrysadenia (Taub.) Verdc.M
divaricata BakerN,Z,MSDescription, Image
galpinii BakerM
genistoides Burtt Davy[NrEnd]M
goetzei HarmsMS
hirta (Andrews) Meikle & Verdc.N,Z,T,MSDescription, Image
holstii HarmsMS
insignis (O. Hoffm) R.E. Fr.N,T,MSDescription, Image
luteola (Hiern) K. Schum. var. luteola N,Z,T,MS
luteola (Hiern) K. Schum. var. velutina Verdc.N
micrantha HarmsN,GI
minima (L.) DC. var. minima T,MS,GI,M
minima (L.) DC. var. prostrata (Harv.) MeikleN,Z,T,MS,M
minima (L.) DC.[Agg]N,Z,T,MS,GI,MDescription, Image
minima (L.) DC. var. nuda (DC.) KuntzeM
minima (L.) DC. var. A GI
monophylla Schltr.MSDescription, Image
procurrens (Hiern) K. Schum. subsp. floribunda (Baker) Verdc.T,MS
pseudoteramnoides HaumanMS
pseudoviscosa HarmsMS
resinosa (Hochst. ex A. Rich.) BakerN,Z,TDescription, Image
sordida (E. Mey.) SchinzMS
stipata Meikle[NrEnd][LR-nt]MSDescription, Image
sublobata (Schumach. & Thonn.) MeikleN,Z,T,MS,GIDescription, Image
swynnertonii Baker f.[NrEnd]MS
torrei Verdc.[End]Z
totta (Thunb.) DC. var. totta MS,GI,M
totta (Thunb.) DC. var. fenchelii SchinzT,MS,MDescription
totta (Thunb.) DC. var. elegantissima (Schinz) Verdc.M
tricuspidata Baker f. subsp. tricuspidata N,Z
velutina Wight & Arn. var. velutina ?
velutina Wight & Arn. var. discolor (Baker) Verdc.N,GI
viscosa (Roth) DC. subsp. viscosa var. viscosa MS
viscosa (Roth) DC. subsp. viscosa var. breviracemosa (Hauman) Verdc.GI
wildii Verdc.TImage

Other sources of information about Rhynchosia:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Rhynchosia
Flora of Caprivi: Rhynchosia
Flora of Malawi: Rhynchosia
Flora of Zambia: Rhynchosia
Flora of Zimbabwe: Rhynchosia
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Rhynchosia

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Rhynchosia
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Rhynchosia
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Rhynchosia
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Rhynchosia
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Rhynchosia
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Rhynchosia
JSTOR Plant Science: Rhynchosia
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Rhynchosia
Plants of the World Online: Rhynchosia
Tropicos: Rhynchosia
Wikipedia: Rhynchosia

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Mozambique: Genus page: Rhynchosia.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=770, retrieved 21 September 2023

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