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Suffrutex shrub or very small tree up to 4 m. Stems, branches leaf-veins and petioles armed with recurved prickles. Leaves 3-foliolate with leaflets strongly 3-lobed-triangular with a long apical point, up to 12 × 13 cm, shiny dark green, hairless. Flowers in terminal racemes on long stalks, scarlet-red. Fruit a woody pod, strongly constricted between the seeds, purple-black, up to 15 cm long. Seeds red with a black hilum.


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© Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten and Petra Ballings

Source: Flora of Zimbabwe

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