Chamaecrista paralias (Brenan) Lock

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Chamaecrista paralias

Photo: Warren McCleland
Between Afonso and Caulino, Inhassoro.

Chamaecrista paralias

Photo: Warren McCleland
Between Afonso and Caulino, Inhassoro.

Chamaecrista paralias

Photo: Warren McCleland
Between Afonso and Caulino, Inhassoro.

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Synonyms: Cassia paralias Brenan
Common names:
Frequency: Local
Status: Native
Perennial erect woody herb or small shrub. Leaves paripinnate, 2.5–5.5 cm long and up to 8 mm wide grey-green; leaflets mostly in 30–58 pairs, narrowly oblong, up to 3.8 mm long, asymmetrical, sparsely appressed-pubescent on both surfaces; stipules narrowly ovate-triangular, c.30 mm, asymmetric, hairless but appressed pubescent towards the apex, almost black above the base; petiolar gland single, dark, sessile, circular, shallowly cup-shaped. Inflorescences 1–2-flowered, axillary on pedicels 1–2 cm long in flower, longer in fruit. Flowers yellow, large with 11–12 mm long. Stamens 10. Pods 3.5–5 cm long, sparsely appressed-pubescent.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In dune vegetation.
Altitude range: 0 - 20 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Only known from coastal Southern Mozambique
Mozambique distribution: GI
Growth form(s):
Endemic status: Endemic
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Content last updated: Friday 21 August 2020

Brummitt, R.K., Chikuni, A.C., Lock, J.M. & Polhill, R.M. (2007). Leguminosae Subfamily Caesalpinioideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(2) Pages 135 - 136.

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 252. (Includes a picture).

Darbyshire, I., Timberlake, J., Osborne, J., Rokni, S., Matimele, H., Langa. C., Datizua, C., de Sousa, C., Alves, T., Massingue, A., Hadj-Hammou, J., Dhanda, S., Shah, T., Wursten, B. (2019). The endemic plants of Mozambique: diversity and conservation status Phytotaxa 136 Page 85.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Chamaecrista paralias
African Plant Database: Chamaecrista paralias
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Chamaecrista paralias
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Chamaecrista paralias
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Chamaecrista paralias
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iNaturalist: Chamaecrista paralias
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Chamaecrista paralias
JSTOR Plant Science: Chamaecrista paralias
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Chamaecrista paralias
Plants of the World Online: Chamaecrista paralias
Tropicos: Chamaecrista paralias
Wikipedia: Chamaecrista paralias

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: Chamaecrista paralias., retrieved 28 November 2023

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