Cardiospermum halicacabum L.
var. halicacabum

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Cardiospermum halicacabum var. halicacabum

Photo: Bart Wursten
At Hippo House, Gorongosa National Park

Cardiospermum halicacabum var. halicacabum

Photo: Bart Wursten
At Hippo House, Gorongosa National Park

Cardiospermum halicacabum var. halicacabum

Photo: Bart Wursten
At Hippo House, Gorongosa National Park

Cardiospermum halicacabum var. halicacabum

Photo: Bart Wursten
At Hippo House, Gorongosa National Park

Cardiospermum halicacabum var. halicacabum

Photo: Bart Wursten
At Hippo House, Gorongosa National Park

Cardiospermum halicacabum var. halicacabum

Photo: Bart Wursten
At Hippo House, Gorongosa National Park

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Synonyms:
Common names: Balloon vine (English)
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Annual climber. Stems with minutely puberulous, sometimes slightly woody; tendrils present. Leaves biternate, essentially 3-foliolate with each part divided again into 3 leaflets; leaflets with coarse serrate teeth. Flowers in axillary heads, usually 3-flowered by abortion, white with a yellowish centre. Fruit a membranous, inflated capsule, green, drying to brown, more than 2 cm long. Seeds round and black with a broadly heart-shaped or kidney-shaped spot (hilum). See C. halicacabum var. microcarpum for comparison.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: Occurring mainly in riverine fringes.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1300 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Pantropical
Zimbabwe distribution: N,C,E,S
Growth form(s): Climber.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Charaxes varanes varanes (Food plant)
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Content last updated: Sunday 1 February 2009
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African Plant Database: Cardiospermum halicacabum
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Flora Zambesiaca web site: Cardiospermum halicacabum
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Cardiospermum halicacabum
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Cardiospermum halicacabum
Ispot Southern Africa : Cardiospermum halicacabum
JSTOR Plant Science: Cardiospermum halicacabum
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Cardiospermum halicacabum
Tropicos: Cardiospermum halicacabum
West African Plants database: Cardiospermum halicacabum


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-14

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2014). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Cardiospermum halicacabum var. halicacabum.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=137320, retrieved 19 September 2014

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