3810.000 Alysicarpus Desv.

Verdcourt, B. (2000) Papilionoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(6)

Description of the genus

Herbs. Stipules free or joined; stipels present. Leaves 1-foliolate, rarely pinnately 3-foliolate. Inflorescences axillary, terminal or leaf-opposed, falsely racemose or rarely paniculate; the flowers usually paired. Bracts scarious. Calyx glumaceous, appearing 4-lobed, the 2 upper calyx teeth entirely connate or almost so. Standard variously coloured. Ovary sessile or shortly stalked with several-many ovules. Pod transversely jointed, subcylindric or somewhat flattened, constricted between the articles or not.

Comment: All species present in Botswana have very similar flowers; the leaves in the species are variable and can be similar. The only reliable way to identify specimens at species level is when fruit are present.

Worldwide: 25 species in the Old World tropics

Botswana: 4 taxa.

Alysicarpus zeyheri

Links to taxa:     View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this genus

SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
glumaceus (Vahl) DC. subsp. glumaceus Description, Image
rugosus (Willd.) DC. subsp. perennirufus J. LĂ©onardDescription, Image
rugosus (Willd.) DC. subsp. rugosus NDescription
zeyheri Harv.Description, Image

Other sources of information about Alysicarpus:

Our websites:

Flora of Caprivi: Alysicarpus
Flora of Malawi: Alysicarpus
Flora of Mozambique: Alysicarpus
Flora of Zambia: Alysicarpus
Flora of Zimbabwe: Alysicarpus

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Alysicarpus
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Alysicarpus
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Alysicarpus
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Alysicarpus
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Alysicarpus

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Botswana: Genus page: Alysicarpus.
https://www.botswanaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=747, retrieved 22 May 2019

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