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.
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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

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 77 - 80. (Includes a picture).

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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Flora of Botswana: Neorautanenia mitis
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Flora of Malawi: Neorautanenia mitis
Flora of Zambia: Neorautanenia mitis
Flora of Zimbabwe: Neorautanenia mitis

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Neorautanenia mitis
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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Neorautanenia mitis
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Neorautanenia mitis
The Plant List (version 1.1): Neorautanenia mitis
Tropicos: Neorautanenia mitis

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-18

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2018). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Neorautanenia mitis., retrieved 19 February 2018

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