Decorsea schlechteri (Harms) Verdc.

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Decorsea schlechteri

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Umguza Nature Reserve, Bulawayo

Decorsea schlechteri

Photo: Bart Wursten
Rimiti West, by Mutare - Birchenough Bridge Rd

Decorsea schlechteri

Photo: Bart Wursten
Rimiti West, by Mutare - Birchenough Bridge Rd

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Synonyms: Dolichos schlechteri Harms ex Burtt Davy
Common names:
Status: Native
Perennial twining herb. Stems, slender, up to 3 m long. Leaves 3-foliolate; leaflets rhombic-lanceolate to triangular-ovate, up to 7.5 × 3.5 cm, with scattered short bristly hairs on both surfaces; lateral leaflets markedly asymmetrical falcate. Inflorescences often on leafless shoots. Flowers pale blue-violet, standard often tinged greenish-yellow. Pods linear, 7.5-12.5 cm long, curved at the tip, hairless.
Derivation of specific name: schlechteri: named after Friedrich Schlechter (1872-1925), German botanist and traveller.
Habitat: In hot and dry deciduous woodland and scrub, on stony slopes and hillsides.
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Worldwide distribution: Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe and North West, Limpopo, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Botswana distribution: SE
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Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 13.

Drummond, R.B. (1972). A list of Rhodesian Legumes. Kirkia 8(2) Page 219.

Mackinder, B. et al. (2001). Papilionoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(5) Pages 157 - 159. (Includes a picture).

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 47.

Pickering, H. & Roe, E. (2009). Wild Flowers of the Victoria Falls Area Helen Pickering, London Page 73. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 64.

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Flora of Malawi: Decorsea schlechteri
Flora of Mozambique: Decorsea schlechteri
Flora of Zambia: Decorsea schlechteri
Flora of Zimbabwe: Decorsea schlechteri

External websites:

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

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Botswana: Species information: Decorsea schlechteri., retrieved 20 July 2024

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