African Plant Database

Pseudarthria hookeri Wight & Arn.
Protologue : Prodr. Fl. Ind. Orient. 209 (1834)
Information on the genus : Pseudarthria
Status for MA : accepted (present)
Status for SA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Pseudarthria hookeri Wight & Arn. var. hookeri
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Anarthrosyne densiflora Klotzsch (1861)
=Anarthrosyne robusta E. Mey.
=Pseudarthria robusta (E. Mey.) Schltr. (1905)
=Desmodium kerstenii O. Hoffm. (1880)
=Pseudarthria alba A. Chev. (1911)
Taxon infra-specific
Pseudarthria hookeri Wight & Arn. var. hookeri
Pseudarthria hookeri var. argyrophylla Verdc.
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Perennial erect herb or subshrub 0,3-3(-4) m tall from a thick rhizomatous rootstock;
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Ecology : Coarse lowland to upland grassland, wooded and bushed grassland, Brachystegia, Acacia, Uapaca and other open woodland, scrub, sometimes gregarious in savanna; locally common; also by rivers in rocky places, old cultivations and plantations; etc...
  S. Africa (NE); Madagascar, Mauritius (formerly cultivated), Réunion.
  Comprises 2 vars. - Var. argyrophylla Verdc., with thick silvery-grey velvety indumentum on stems and leaves (beneath) from W Africa to Sudan. - Var. hookeri in E and S part of range.
  Easily confused with Desmodium salicifolium and also D. tanganyikense , but the latter different in having distinctly jointed pods breaking up into individual segments and leaflets with secondary veins not reaching the margins.
Biol./Eco : Herb, Shrub; Subhumid, Dry; Woodland, Anthropic; distribution: Africa.

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • BOUDET G. & J.P. LEBRUN (1986). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Mali. Etudes et Synthèses IEMVT 16 : 182
  • Cat. Pl. Vasc. Burkina Faso:242 (2012)
  • CÉSAR J. & C. CHATELAIN (2019). Flore illustrée du Tchad. Conservatoire et Jardin botaniques de Genève, Coopération Suisse & Univ. N'Djaména : 529
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Record n°129710 modified 2009-02-03
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