Botswana, South Africa, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Bean, Marama Bean, Camel's Foot
Bauhinia bainesii, Schinz.
Bauhinia burkeana, Benth. ex Harv. & Sond.
Bauhinia esculenta, William John Burchell, 1824.
Phanera burkeana, Benth.
mistake: Tylosema esculenta)
This member of the Fabaceae family was given this name by
Annelis Schreiber in 1960. It is found
in Angola, Botswana, South
Africa, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe, growing in a well drained
sandy soil with
some water and lots of sun. The caudex can grow to 30
centimetres or even bigger in diameter, the entire plant to three
metres long, climbing on the ground. The
flowers are yellow-orange.
The genera name refers to the
torulose seed. The species name means 'edible'.
A 277 kg
plant been recorded in Botswana.