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.
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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 9 March 2014