Neorautanenia mitis (A. Rich.) Verdc.

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Neorautanenia mitis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Bela Vista, northwestern Gorongosa National Park.

Neorautanenia mitis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Bela Vista, northwestern Gorongosa National Park.

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Synonyms: Dolichos mitis A. Rich.
Neorautanenia pseudopachyrhiza (Harms) Milne-Redh.
Common names:
Status: Native
Erect, scrambling or climbing shrubby perennial with a large tuberous root. Stems hairless to velvety, up to 2.5 m long, sometimes flowering before the leaves are fully developed. Leaflets 3, ovate to circular, varying widely, even on the same plant, from entire to deeply 3-lobed; petiole usually much longer than the rhachis (but not always in Zimbabwean and S African specimens where they may be subequal - see pictures). Flowers in axillary and terminal racemes, peduncles up to 20 cm long. Standard inside and the wings, bluish-violet. Pods 6-11 cm, dehiscent, swollen, appressed brown-silky-hairy.
Derivation of specific name: mitis: mild, gentle
Habitat: Woodland, grassland and old lands, often on vlei margins and in rocky places
Altitude range: Up to 1590 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical Africa
Mozambique distribution: N,Z,T,MS
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Content last updated: Saturday 11 November 2017

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Mackinder, B. et al. (2001). Papilionoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(5) Pages 77 - 80. (Includes a picture).

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.

Timberlake, J.R. & Childes, S.L. (2004). Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Technical Reviews Volume Two (Chapter 5-15) Appendix 5-1: Plant Checklist Occasional Publications in Biodiversity 15 Page 213.

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Neorautanenia mitis., retrieved 24 April 2024

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