Neorautanenia brachypus (Harms) C.A. Sm.

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Neorautanenia brachypus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along road to camp near Khodzue Gorge

Neorautanenia brachypus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along road to camp near Khodzue Gorge

Neorautanenia brachypus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along road to camp near Khodzue Gorge

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Synonyms: Dolichos brachypus Harms
Neorautanenia amboensis auct.
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Status: Native
Sub-erect, scrambling or occasionally prostrate perennial herb up to c. 1 m tall, growing from a large underground tuber. Stems pale yellowish-brown, up to 1.5 m long. Leaves 3-foliolate, blue-green with yellow veining; leaflets rhombic-obovate to almost round, entire to somewhat 3-lobed; lateral lobes somewhat asymmetric, more or less densely velvety. Inflorescences in axillary racemes, 6-29 cm long with 2-3 flowers at each node. Standard dark blue to mauve inside, more greyish outside. Pods linear-oblong, up to 10.5 × 1.7 cm, densely covered in short and longer hairs, dehiscent.
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Habitat: Occurring in open grassland and wooded grassland on Kalahari sand and other sandy soils.
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Worldwide distribution: Botswana, Namibia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and South Africa.
Mozambique distribution: MS,M
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Content last updated: Friday 10 March 2023

Drummond, R.B. (1972). A list of Rhodesian Legumes. Kirkia 8(2) Page 224.

Mackinder, B. et al. (2001). Papilionoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(5) Pages 76 - 77.

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.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 70.

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Flora of Botswana: Neorautanenia brachypus
Flora of Caprivi: Neorautanenia brachypus
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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Neorautanenia brachypus
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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: Species information: Neorautanenia brachypus., retrieved 4 December 2023

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