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A bluish set of flowers by Roger and Alison Heath, Powo.science.kew.org

Author:  Bernard Verdcourt, 1969
Family:  FABACEAE
Origin:  Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina, Burundi, Cameroon, Caprivi Strip, Central African Republic, Chad, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Za´re, Zimbabwe
Soil:  Mix
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Maximum
Thickness:  60 Centimetres
Height:  2 Metres
Flower:  Purple - Blue
Propagate:  Seeds/Cuttings
Names:  -
Synonyms:  Dolichos mitis A. Richard, 1847.
Dolichos orbicularis
Baker f. 1929
Neorautanenia orbicularis
Torre, 1965.
Neorautanenia pseudopachyrhiza
Milne-Redh. 
Pueraria hochstetteri
Chiov.
Pachyrhizus orbicularis
, Baker, 1871.
Cacara orbicularis
, Hiern, 1896. 
Dolichos brachypus,
Harms.
Dolichos ellenbeckii,
Harms.
Dolichos pseudopachyrhizus,
Harms.
Dolichos seineri,
Harms.
Galactia lugardii,
N.E.Br.
(Neorautanenia amboensis,
Schinz.?)
Neorautanenia brachypus,
C.A.Sm.
Neorautanenia coriacea,
C.A.Sm.
Neorautanenia edulis,
C.A.Sm.
Neorautanenia lugardii,
C.A.Sm.
Neorautanenia rogersii,
C.A.Sm.
Neorautanenia seineri,
C.A.Sm.
Pueraria rogersii,
L.Bolus.
Common miss-spelling: Neorautenenia mitis.

This member of the Fabaceae was given this name by Bernard Verdcourt in 1969. It is found in the central and southern Africa, growing in well-drained soil with some water and lots of sun. The flowers are purple to blue, and besides seeds, it might be possible to reproduce it by cuttings. The caudex can grow to 60 centimetres, the slightly veining branches up to two metres or more.

The genera name from Greek neos; 'new' and Rautanenia is a genus in the Alismataceae family. The species name means 'mild' or 'tender'.

Seen as a member of the Papilonaceae family.

Tribe: Phaseoleae.