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Cardiospermum alatum Bremek. & Oberm. Cardiospermum pechuelii Kuntze
Description: 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.
Altitude range: (metres)
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical and subtropical regions but in our area confined mainly to the Limpopo, Runde-Save and Upper Zambezi river valleys.
Growth form(s): Climber.
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Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 100. Comments
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Other sources of information about Cardiospermum corindum: Our websites: Flora of Botswana
Cardiospermum corindum Flora of Mozambique
Cardiospermum corindum Flora of Zambia
Cardiospermum corindum External websites: African Plant Database
Cardiospermum corindum Biodiversity Explorer
(Biodiversity of southern Africa):
Cardiospermum corindum EOL
(Encyclopedia of Life):
Cardiospermum corindum ePIC
(electronic Plant Information Center):
Cardiospermum corindum Flora Zambesiaca
Cardiospermum corindum Google
(Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for
Cardiospermum corindum IPNI
(International Plant Names Index):
Cardiospermum corindum Ispot Southern Africa
Cardiospermum corindum JSTOR Plant Science
Cardiospermum corindum Kew Herbarium catalogue
Cardiospermum corindum Tropicos
Cardiospermum corindum West African Plants database
Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16
Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M.
Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Cardiospermum corindum.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=137300, retrieved 28 May 2016
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