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Species Information

Eriosema ellipticifolium Schinz
(name current 2016)
(Eriosema nanum)


Growth form: Herb
Restricted distribution within southern Africa
Found within protected areas

Red Data Book Information:
Status: LR lc Distribution: Malolotja, Malandzela, Mbabane One record in Swaziland by Heath.

Description (Compton's Flora of Swaziland*):
Eriosema nanum - Annual shoots produced from woody rootstock. Stems usually less than 10 cm high, occasionally up to 30 cm. Leaf-stalk up to 8 mm long; terminal leaflet oval, up to 5 cm long x 2,2 cm wide, pointed or blunt, thinly downy on both sides, gland-dotted below, veins prominent below; latcral leaflets oblique. Inflorescence with one or few flowers; calyx hairy, teeth up to 7 mm long; corolla yellow, a little longer than calyx, standard more or less downy or glandular, sometimes purple-streaked on back.

* Where species names have changed, these have been matched according to herbarium specimens quoted in this publication.

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