Hippocratea parvifolia Oliv.

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Hippocratea parvifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Hot Springs, Odzi-Save Valley

Hippocratea parvifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Hot Springs, Odzi-Save Valley

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Synonyms: Elachyptera parvifolia (Oliv.) N. Hallé
Hippocratea indica (Willd.) N. Hallé var. parvifolia (N.E. Br.) Blakelock
Common names: Sand paddle-pod (English)
Status: Native
Scandent shrub or small tree, up to 4.5 m high, sometimes a true liane. Young branchlets grey-green to purplish, finely pubescent; older stems very rough, revealing bright orange underbark when scratched. Leaves opposite, oblong or elliptic, glossy green, hairless; margins entire or shallowly glandular-toothed. Flowers in axillary clusters, yellow-green. Fruit 1-3 paddle-shaped carpels, green to pale brown smooth. Seeds winged.
Derivation of specific name: parvifolia: with small leaves
Habitat: In dry woodland and thicket
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1400 m
Flowering time:Dec - Mar
Worldwide distribution:
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,S
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Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 255.

Robson, N.K.B. (1966). Celastraceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(2) Pages 412 - 413.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 67. as Reissnatia parvifolia


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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Hippocratea parvifolia
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West African Plants database: Hippocratea parvifolia

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 parvifolia.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=137190, retrieved 4 December 2016

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