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Vigna frutescens A. Rich.
Protologue : Tent. Fl. Abyss. 1: 218 (1847)  
Information on the genus : Vigna
Status for SA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Vigna frutescens A. Rich. var. frutescens
 Vigna frutescens A. Rich. subsp. frutescens
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Vigna decipiens Harv. (1861)
=Vigna longiloba Burtt Davy (1932)
=Vigna pongolensis Burtt Davy (1932)
=Vigna pseudotriloba Harms (1911)
=Vigna debanensis Martelli (1886)
=Vigna esculenta (De Wild.) De Wild.
=Liebrechtsia esculenta De Wild. (1902)
=Vigna fragrans Baker f. (1905)
=Vigna harmsiana Buscal. & Muschl. (1913)
=Vigna violacea Hutch. (1921)
=Vigna glandulosa Chiov. (1915)
=Vigna keniensis Harms (1927)
=Vigna sudanica Baker f.
=Vigna taubertii Volkens ex Harms (1927)
=Vigna ledermannii Harms (1913)
Taxon infra-specific
Vigna frutescens A. Rich. var. frutescens
Vigna frutescens subsp. incana (Taub.) Verdc.
Vigna frutescens subsp. kotschyi (Schweinf.) Verdc.
Vigna frutescens var. buchneri (Harms) Verdc.
Vigna frutescens A. Rich. subsp. frutescens
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Perennial herb from a woody rootstock (tuber often 5 cm wide), prostrate or climbing, 0,5-1,5 m long or erect at first and only 7-20 cm tall when appearing after burns, sometimes flowering before the leaves appear;
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Ecology : Woodland with Combretum collinum, C. molle, Annona senegalensis; or with Combretum molle, Stereospermum kunthianum, Erythrina abyssinica, Entada abyssinica; Loudetia arundinacea grassland on shallow soil, mostly subject to seasonal burning; etc..
  Botswana, S. Africa, Namibia.
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Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • Boudet G. & J.P. Lebrun (1986). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Mali. Etudes et Synthèses IEMVT 16
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