Hippocratea africana (Willd.) Loes.
var. richardiana (Cambess.) N. Robson

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Hippocratea africana var. richardiana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along road East of Casa Banana

Hippocratea africana var. richardiana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along road East of Casa Banana

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Synonyms: Loeseneriella africana (Willd.) N. Hallé var. richardiana (Cambess.) N. Hallé
Common names: African paddle-pod (English)
Frequency: Frequent
Status: Native
Description:
Scandent shrub or liane up to 15 m long. Young branchlets green, 4-angled. Leaves opposite, obovate, oblong to broadly elliptic, rounded or slightly notched at the apex, venation prominent; margins entire or serrated, often rolled under, extending along the petiole. Flowers in axillary and terminal clusters, green; pollen and stigma conspicuously orange to red. Fruit 1-3 paddle-shaped pods, smooth or slightly striated.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: africana: African
Habitat: In riverine forest and thickets.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1250 m
Flowering time:Sep - Jan
Worldwide distribution:
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,E,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Nepheronia thalassina sinalata (Food plant)
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Literature:

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 255.

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 80. as Loeseneriella africana richardiana (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 45. as Loeseneriella africana richardiana

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 203. As Loesneriella africana richardiana


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Ispot Southern Africa : Hippocratea africana
JSTOR Plant Science: Hippocratea africana
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Hippocratea africana
Tropicos: Hippocratea africana
West African Plants database: Hippocratea africana


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: Hippocratea africana var. richardiana.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=137110, retrieved 27 August 2016

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