Cocculus hirsutus (L.) Diels

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Cocculus hirsutus

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Rhino Hotel, Old Runde Bridge, Mwenezi.

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Synonyms: Cocculus villosus DC.
Menispermum hirsutum L.
Menispermum villosum Lam.
Common names: Sisi (Shona)
Status: Native
Perennial climber, 2-3 m. Leaves 3-5-veined from the base, variable in shape, older leaves often distinctly 3-5-lobed, younger leaves oblong-ovate to somewhat obovate, covered in yellowish velvety hairs, apex with a small sharp mucro. Flowers in axillary clusters, unisexual; sepals densely hairy. Fruit somewhat ellipsoid, c. 4 mm in diameter, fleshy, purple-blue when ripe.
Derivation of specific name: hirsutus: covered with long, moderately stiff and not interwoven hairs; hirsute
Habitat: In dry deciduous woodland.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1140 m
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Worldwide distribution: From Sudan and Eritrea, south to Angola, Namibia and KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Also in Asia from the Arabian Peninsula to southern China.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
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Images last updated: Thursday 12 November 2015

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 103. (Includes a picture).

Roodt, V. (1998). Trees and Shrubs of the Okavango Delta Shell Field Guide Series: Part I Shell Oil Botswana, Gaberone. Pages 34 - 35. (Includes a picture).

Timberlake, J.R. & Childes, S.L. (2004). Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Technical Reviews Volume Two (Chapter 5-15) Appendix 5-1: Plant Checklist Occasional Publications in Biodiversity 15 Page 219.

Troupin, G. (1962). Monographie des Menispermaceae africaines Mémoires in-8° Nouvelle série XIII-2 Académie royale des Sciences d'Outre-Mer Pages 225 - 231. (Includes a picture).


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-15

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2015). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Cocculus hirsutus., retrieved 1 December 2015

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