Cardiospermum corindum L.

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Synonyms: Cardiospermum alatum Bremek. & Oberm.
Cardiospermum pechuelii Kuntze
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Status: Native
Annual herbaceous climber. Leaves pinnate to biternate; leaflets up to c. 4 × 2 cm, lowest pair ternate, bright green above, grey-green below, finely velvety; margin scalloped to lobed. Flowers white to creamy yellow, 4-6 mm long, in axillary branched many-flowered heads; peduncle c. 6 cm long, with paired coiled tendrils below the flowers. Fruit a membranous, inflated capsule, 2-3.5 cm long, 3-angled. Seed 5 mm in diameter, with a kidney-shaped, white reniform hilum.
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Habitat: In riverine fringes and dry deciduous woodland and scrub.
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Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical and subtropical regions but in our area confined mainly to the Limpopo, Runde-Save and Upper Zambezi river valleys.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,E,S
Growth form(s): Climber.
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Exell, A.W. (1966). Sapindaceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(2) Pages 509 - 511.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 100.

Steedman, E.C. (1933). Some Trees, Shrubs and Lianes of Southern Rhodesia. Page 43.


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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Cardiospermum corindum
Tropicos: Cardiospermum corindum
West African Plants database: Cardiospermum corindum

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: Cardiospermum corindum., retrieved 25 October 2016

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