Tylosema esculentum (Burch.) Schreiber

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Synonyms: Bauhinia esculenta Burch.
Common names:
Creeper with postrate or trailing stems to several metres long. Leaves: petiole 1.5-3.5 cm long; lobes 3-7.5 cm long, separated more than halfway from the apex to the attachment of the petiole. Petals yellow, slightly crinkled. Ovary glabrous or nearly so. Seeds ovoid or globular.
Derivation of specific name: esculentum: edible, referring to the roasted seeds and the tuber.
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Worldwide distribution: Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe and South Africa.
Botswana distribution: N?,SW,SE
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Brummitt, R.K., Chikuni, A.C., Lock, J.M. & Polhill, R.M. (2007). Leguminosae Subfamily Caesalpinioideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(2) Page 29.

Kirby, G. (2013). Wild Flowers of Southeast Botswana Struik Nature, Cape Town South Africa Page 188. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 73.

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Flora of Zambia: Tylosema esculentum
Flora of Zimbabwe: Tylosema esculentum

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Tylosema esculentum
African Plant Database: Tylosema esculentum
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Tylosema esculentum
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JSTOR Plant Science: Tylosema esculentum
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Tylosema esculentum
Plants of the World Online: Tylosema esculentum
Tropicos: Tylosema esculentum
Wikipedia: Tylosema esculentum

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: Tylosema esculentum.
https://www.botswanaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=169720, retrieved 17 June 2024

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