The pale blue flowers of the Lotononis sericophylla shrub have the typical pea flower shape, making the guess of which family easy: Fabaceae. The plant was photographed in January in the Mkhomazi Wilderness Area of the Drakensberg in KwaZulu-Natal. The distribution of the species lies in KwaZulu-Natal, the Eastern Cape, the Free State; in all three provinces only close to the Lesotho border. The plant grows all over Lesotho; the habitat being grassy ridges and in rocky places.
Lotononis sericophylla has a stable population in nature early in the twenty first century. The much branched, often small shrub is covered in fine, adpressed silky hairs. The willowy branches may reach 1,5 m in length. The leaves are three-foliolate and hairy. The blue and pale yellow flowers have lobed calyces. The keel is longer than the standard and wing petals (iSpot; Manning, 2090; www.redlist.sanbi.org).
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