Parochetus communis D. Don
var. africanus (Polhill) Chaudhary & Sanjappa

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Parochetus communis var. africanus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Serena Mountain Lodge, Mount Kenya

Parochetus communis var. africanus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Serena Mountain Lodge, Mount Kenya

Parochetus communis var. africanus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Serena Mountain Lodge, Mount Kenya

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Synonyms: Parochetus africanus Polhill
Parochetus communis sensu Agnew
Parochetus communis D. Don var. grossecrenatus Cufod.
Parochetus major auct.
Common names:
Status: Uncertain
Creeping prostrate herb with slender stems, rooting at the nodes. Leaves digitately 3-foliolate; leaflets obovate, up to 4 cm long and wide, emarginate at the apex, green blotched with white in the centre, hairless above, almost hairless to hairy beneath; margins usually coarsely toothed towards the apex; petiole 3–30 cm long, hairy; stipules ovate, 6–10 mm long. Inflorescence usually 1–2-flowered; peduncle 1.5–25 cm long, ascending; bracts similar to stipules but smaller. Flowers sweetly scented, on pedicels 1.5–6 cm long, reflexed in fruit. Calyx c. 7 mm long, the 2 upper lobes connate almost to their tips, the lateral lobes triangular-lanceolate, the lowest lobe longer than the 2 lateral, hairless to sparsely hairy. Corolla pale blue or rarely white, hairless; standard broadly ovate-elliptic, emarginate, 12–18 mm long; wings c. 13 mm long; keel c. 10 mm long, subangular about the middle of the blade, darker blue at the tip. Pod narrowly oblong, 15–25 mm long, shortly beaked, usually hairless.
Notes: Gillett, loc. cit. (1971), has recorded this species from Mozambique (Namuli) but no material from this area has been confirmed.
Derivation of specific name: africanus: African
Habitat: On forest floor in (sub)montane evergreen forest and on streambanks in damp shady places.
Altitude range: 1500 - 2000 m
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Worldwide distribution: Eastern DRC, Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi and possibly Mozambique.
Mozambique distribution: ?Z
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Content last updated: Sunday 7 October 2018

Agnew, A.D.Q. (2013). Upland Kenya Wild Flowers and Ferns Nature Kenya - The East Africa Natural History Society Page 174. As Parochetus communis (Includes a picture).

Martins, E.S. et al. (2003). Papilionoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(7) Pages 35 - 37. As Parochetus africanus (Includes a picture).

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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: Parochetus communis var. africanus., retrieved 5 March 2024

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