Eriosema pauciflorum Klotzsch

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Eriosema pauciflorum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Clouds Pool, Gorongosa National Park, Muanza

Eriosema pauciflorum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Clouds Pool, Gorongosa National Park, Muanza

Eriosema pauciflorum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Clouds Pool, Gorongosa National Park, Muanza

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Synonyms: Eriosema andongense Hiern ex Baker f.
Eriosema oblongum Harv.
Common names:
Status: Native
Ascending to suberect pyrophytic herb, growing from a woody rootstock. Stems several, sparsely branched, up to 6 cm long, covered in short pubescence mixed with long spreading hairs. Leaves 3-foliolate; leaflets narrowly oblong, elliptic to obovate, 3-10 cm long, softly velvety and glandular on both surfaces, sometimes with dense grey felt below; venation sunken above and raised below. Flowers in axillary racemes. Standard red outside, yellow inside, sometimes all yellow; keel creamy-yellow. Pods elliptic, c. 2 × 1.2 cm, densely covered in long hairs, short hairs and glands.
Derivation of specific name: pauciflorum: few-flowered
Habitat: In grassland, margins of vleis and open woodland.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Sep - Nov
Worldwide distribution: From Ghana to Sudan and South to Angola, Botswana and South Africa.
Mozambique distribution: N,Z,MS
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Wednesday 30 March 2016

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Flora of Botswana: Eriosema pauciflorum
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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: Eriosema pauciflorum., retrieved 23 February 2024

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