Cardiospermum grandiflorum Sw.

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Cardiospermum grandiflorum

Photo: Bart Wursten
National Botanic Garden, Harare

Cardiospermum grandiflorum

Photo: Bart Wursten
National Botanic Garden, Harare

Cardiospermum grandiflorum

Photo: Bart Wursten
National Botanic Garden, Harare

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Synonyms: Cardiospermum hirsutum Willd.
Common names: Balloon vine (English)
Frequency: Local
Status: Introduced
Perennial climber. Stems with bristly hairs, sometimes slightly woody; tendrils present. Leaves compound; leaflets with serrate margins. Flowers in many-flowered axillary heads, white with a yellowish centre, frangrant. Fruit a membranous, inflated capsule, green, drying to brown. Seeds round and black with an oblong to heart-shaped spot (hilum). It was introduced as a garden ornamental and has only recently become widely naturalised, particularly in and around Harare.
Derivation of specific name: grandiflorum: large flowered
Habitat: Occurring mainly in urban areas but also near the margins of forest and riverine fringes.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Tropical America and tropical Africa
Zimbabwe distribution: N,C,E
Growth form(s): Climber.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Deudorix antalus (Food plant)
Spot characters: Display spot characters for this species
Images last updated: Monday 12 June 2006

Exell, A.W. (1966). Sapindaceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(2) Pages 510 - 512. (Includes a picture).

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 173.


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Flora of Malawi: Cardiospermum grandiflorum
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Flora of Zambia: Cardiospermum grandiflorum
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Cardiospermum grandiflorum

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African Plant Database: Cardiospermum grandiflorum
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Cardiospermum grandiflorum
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Flora Zambesiaca web site: Cardiospermum grandiflorum
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Cardiospermum grandiflorum
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Cardiospermum grandiflorum
Ispot Southern Africa : Cardiospermum grandiflorum
JSTOR Plant Science: Cardiospermum grandiflorum
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Cardiospermum grandiflorum
Tropicos: Cardiospermum grandiflorum
West African Plants database: Cardiospermum grandiflorum

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 grandiflorum., retrieved 23 October 2016

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