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 Tylosema esculentum
Author:   Annelis Schreiber, 1960
Family:  Fabaceae
Origin:  South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia
Soil:  Sandy
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Maximum
Thickness:  30 Centimetres
Height:  300 Centimetres
Flower:  Yellow-Orange
Propagate:  Seeds
Names:  Gemsbok Bean, Marama Bean, Camel's Foot
Synonyms:  Bauhinia esculenta, William John Burchell, 1824. (By mistake: Tylosema esculenta)

   This member of the Fabaceae family was given this name by Annelis Schreiber  in 1960. It is found in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Zambia, 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.

The flower by E. Erb,    Wild plant by H. Moss,