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Part of a plant by Bart Wursten, Zimbabweflora.co.zw.


 A leaf by Bart Wursten, Zimbabweflora.co.zw.


Two darker flowers by Bart Wursten, Zimbabweflora.co.zw.


The fruit by Bart Wursten, Zimbabweflora.co.zw.

Author: 

Ernst H. Friedrich Meyer, 1836

Family:  FABACEAE
Origin: 

Angola, Burundi, Cameroon, Eritrea, Eswatine, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sudan, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Za´re, Zimbabwe

Soil: 

Rich - Mix

Water: 

Medium - Maximum

Sun: 

Medium

Thickness: 

"Large"

Height: 

60-210 Centimetres

Flower: 

Pink - Magenta - Bluish-Purple

Propagate: 

Seeds

Names: 

-

Synonyms: 

Dolichos sericeus 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 bluish-purple.

The genera name means 'long' after the fruits. The species name means "with silky appressed hairs" for the pubescent leaves.


A pink flower by Andrew Hankey,Inaturalist.