Stephania abyssinica (Quart.-Dill. & A. Rich.) Walp.
var. abyssinica

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Stephania abyssinica var. abyssinica

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Leopard Rock Game Reserve, Vumba

Stephania abyssinica var. abyssinica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Road from Mt Selinda to Espungabera border post

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Common names:
Frequency: Local
Status: Native
Twining liane, woody at the base. The leaves are broadly ovate to suborbicular and strongly peltate; flowers in false compound umbels, axillary, sexes separate but similar.
Notes: Two varieties are recognised, both widespread and occurring in the same habitats. Var. abyssinica has young branchlets, petioles, undersides of leaves and inflorescences glabrous, while these parts are more or less densely pubescent or tomentose in var. tomentella (Oliv.) Diels.
Derivation of specific name: abyssinica: of Abyssinia (now Ethiopia)
Habitat: In open and wooded grassland, preferring moist and shady places near rivers or swamps.
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Zimbabwe distribution: E
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Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 122.

Troupin, G. (1962). Monographie des Menispermaceae africaines Mémoires in-8° Nouvelle série XIII-2 Académie royale des Sciences d'Outre-Mer Pages 247 - 251.


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Stephania abyssinica var. abyssinica., retrieved 31 May 2016

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