Part of a plant by Bart Wursten,
A leaf by Bart Wursten,
Two darker flowers by Bart Wursten,
The fruit by Bart Wursten,
Ernst H. Friedrich Meyer,
Angola, Burundi, Cameroon,
Eritrea, Eswatine, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria,
Rwanda, Sudan, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Za´re, Zimbabwe
Rich - Mix
Medium - Maximum
Pink - Magenta -
subsp. formosus, Verdc.
Dolichos sericeus subsp. glabrescens, Verdc.
Dolichos sericeus subsp. pseudofalcatus, Verdc.
Dolichos formosus, sensu Robyns non A. Rich. sensu stricto.
Dolichos shuterioides, Baker.
Rhynchosia sphaerocephala, Baker.
This member of the Fabaceae family
was given this name by Ernst Heinrich Friedrich Meyer in 1836. It is found from
Cameroon to southern Ethiopia and south to South Africa, growing in a
rich but well drained soil with quite some water and some sun.
The caudex can grow large, the entire plant
from 60 to 210 centimetres in height. The flowers are pink, magenta or
The genera name
means 'long' after the fruits. The species name means "with silky
appressed hairs" for the pubescent leaves.