Lotus wildii J.B. Gillett

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Lotus wildii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Plateau below Nhandore peak, Mt Gorongosa, Mozambique

Lotus wildii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Plateau below Nhandore peak, Mt Gorongosa, Mozambique

Lotus wildii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Higher slopes of Mt Pheza, Chimanimani Mts.

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Synonyms: Lotus discolor subsp. discolor sensu Goodier & Phipps
Common names:
Frequency: Locally frequent
Status: Native
Perennial subshrub up to c. 60 cm tall, growing from a woody rootstock. Stems erect or sometimes procumbent stems with more or less appressed whitish to yellowish hairs when young. Leaves 5-foliolate; leaflets oblong-elliptic to obovate, up to 15 mm long; basal leaflets shorter than apical and lateral leaflets, pubescent on both surfaces. Flowers in 3-7-flowered umbels; peduncle 10-65 mm long, usually with a 3-foliolate leaf. Corolla white or cream, rarely pale mauve; standard with purple-red veining. Pods up to 28 mm long, reddish-brown to greyish-brown.
Notes: Should be considered a Near Endemic
Derivation of specific name: wildii: for Professor Hiram Wild (1917-1982), former Head of the National Herbarium (SRGH), taxonomist and avid collector.
Habitat: In montane grassland.
Altitude range: 1500 - 2400 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Border Highlands of Zimbabwe and Mozambique including Mt Gorongosa.
Mozambique distribution: MS
Growth form(s):
Endemic status: Near Endemic
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Content last updated: Thursday 29 May 2008

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 37.

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 70. as Lotus discolor

Drummond, R.B. (1972). A list of Rhodesian Legumes. Kirkia 8(2) Page 223. Also as Lotus discolor subsp. discolor

Goodier, R. & Phipps, J.B. (1961). A revised checklist of the vascular plants of the Chimanimani Mountains Kirkia 1 Page 56. Also as Lotus discolor subsp. discolor

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 49.

Martins, E.S. et al. (2003). Papilionoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(7) Pages 4 - 6. (Includes a picture).

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 94.

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Flora of Zimbabwe: Lotus wildii

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Lotus wildii
African Plant Database: Lotus wildii
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Lotus wildii
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Lotus wildii
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Lotus wildii
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Lotus wildii
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Lotus wildii
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Lotus wildii
iNaturalist: Lotus wildii
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Lotus wildii
JSTOR Plant Science: Lotus wildii
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Lotus wildii
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Lotus wildii
Plants of the World Online: Lotus wildii
The Plant List (version 1.1): Lotus wildii
Tropicos: Lotus wildii
Wikipedia: Lotus wildii

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-20

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2020). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Lotus wildii.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=128570, retrieved 13 August 2020

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