Otholobium foliosum (Oliv.) C.H. Stirt.
subsp. gazense (Baker f.) Verdc.

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Otholobium foliosum subsp. gazense

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chikukwa Village, lower Chimanimani Mts

Otholobium foliosum subsp. gazense

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chikukwa Village, lower Chimanimani Mts

Otholobium foliosum subsp. gazense

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chikukwa Village, lower Chimanimani Mts

Otholobium foliosum subsp. gazense

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chikukwa Village, lower Chimanimani Mts

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Synonyms: Psoralea foliosa Oliv.
Common names:
Frequency: Locally frequent
Status: Native
Small shrub, 1-3 m tall. Branchlets densely pubescent. Leaves 3-foliolate; leaflets obovate to oblanceolate, up to 3.5 cm long, rounded to notched at the apex with a small recurved mucronate tip, densely gland-dotted on both surfaces; margin entire. Flowers in dense axillary and sub-terminal heads; standard white to pale mauve-blue with a darker purple centre or purple veining; keel purple with yellow glands at the tip. Pod up to 7 × 4 mm, papery, minutely velvety.
Derivation of specific name: foliosum: leafy
Habitat: At the edges of evergreen forest and montane grassland.
Altitude range: 1200 - 2100 m
Flowering time:Dec - Feb
Worldwide distribution: Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Mpumalanga, South Africa.
Mozambique distribution: MS
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Content last updated: Monday 12 September 2011

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 324. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 41. As Otholobium foliosum

Drummond, R.B. (1972). A list of Rhodesian Legumes. Kirkia 8(2) Page 225. as Psoralea foliosa

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 245. As Psoralea foliosa

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 50.

Verdcourt, B. (2000). Papilionoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(6) Pages 46 - 48. (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 Zambia: Otholobium foliosum subsp. gazense
Flora of Zimbabwe: Otholobium foliosum subsp. gazense

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

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: Otholobium foliosum subsp. gazense.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=129540, retrieved 3 July 2020

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