Macroptilium atropurpureum (Moç. & Sessé ex DC.) Urb.

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Macroptilium atropurpureum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Just outside ISPN campus near Chimoio

Macroptilium atropurpureum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Just outside ISPN campus near Chimoio

Macroptilium atropurpureum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Just outside ISPN campus near Chimoio

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Synonyms: Phaseolus atropurpureus DC.
Common names: Siratro (English)
Frequency: Local
Status: Introduced?
Creeping perennial, ± densely hairy. Leaflets ± broadly ovate or rhombic, 1.5-5 × 1.5-5 cm, the laterals often lobed on the outer side. Inflorescences lax, long-pedunculate, erect. Corolla 17-20 mm; wings blackish-purple. Pod 6-9 × 0.4 cm, densely appressed-pubescent, c.12-15-seeded.
Notes: The specimen in the images (Wursten 805, BR) apparently is a first record of this species in Mozambique as a naturalised plant.
Derivation of specific name: atropurpureum: dark purple
Habitat: In disturbed places.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Sep - Dec
Worldwide distribution: Native of tropical America.
Mozambique distribution: MS,M
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Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Friday 21 March 2014

Mackinder, B. et al. (2001). Papilionoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(5) Pages 159 - 160.

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 49.

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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: Macroptilium atropurpureum., retrieved 19 May 2024

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