Desmodium repandum (Vahl) DC.

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Desmodium repandum

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Forested slopes below Nhandore peak, Mt Gorongosa.

Desmodium repandum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Upper Nhandar Valley, Mt Gorongosa

Desmodium repandum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Upper Nhandar Valley, Mt Gorongosa

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Synonyms: Desmodium scalpe DC.
Hedysarum repandum Vahl
Common names:
Frequency: Frequent
Status: Native
Usually a prostrate, trailing herb but sometimes growing into a more erect subshrub. Stems and branches covered with fine short hairs and longer bristly hairs particularly when young. Leaves 3-foliolate with leaflets rhombic to ovate, 2-11 cm long, with long and short hairs on both surfaces; margin entire, sometimes wavy. Petiole 1-10.5 cm long. Stipules deciduous, brown, oblong-lanceolate, up to 18 × 4 mm, pointed at th apex, finely and dansely puberulous and with scattered longer hairs, patricularly near the node. Inflorescence terminal, 7-30 cm long. Flowers orange to bright red. Fruit 1.3-4.5 cm long, of (1)4-5 obliquely lunate articles covered with hooked hairs, which make them stick tightly to clothing and animal fur.
Derivation of specific name: repandum: with wavy margins
Habitat: On the fringes of evergreen and riverine forest.
Altitude range: 900 - 1850 m
Flowering time:Nov - Apr
Worldwide distribution: Widely distributed in the Old World tropics and subtropics.
Mozambique distribution: N,Z,MS
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Monday 6 February 2012

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Other sources of information about Desmodium repandum:

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Flora of Malawi: Desmodium repandum
Flora of Zambia: Desmodium repandum
Flora of Zimbabwe: Desmodium repandum

External websites:

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

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: Desmodium repandum., retrieved 29 September 2020

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