Helinus integrifolius (Lam.) Kuntze

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Helinus integrifolius

Photo: Bart Wursten
Maleme Dam camp site

Helinus integrifolius

Photo: Bart Wursten
Maleme Dam camp site

Helinus integrifolius

Photo: Bart Wursten
Maleme Dam camp site

Helinus integrifolius

Photo: Bart Wursten
Maleme Dam camp site

Helinus integrifolius

Photo: Mark Hyde
Umwinsi River

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Synonyms: Gouania integrifolia Lam.
Helinus ovatus E. Mey. ex Sond.
Willemetia scandens Eckl. & Zeyh.
Common names: Soap creeper (English)
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Climbing shrub, reaching up to 6 m. Stems hairless, with hairless coiled tendrils. Leaves more or less broadly ovate, 1.5-3.5 cm long, hairless above, very finely velvety below, mucronate at the apex; margin entire. Flowers in axillary umbels on hairless peduncles, yellowish. Capsule obovoid, hairless. See H. mystacinus for comparison.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: integrifolius: with entire leaves
Habitat: In deciduous woodland, often in rocky places.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Jan - Mar
Worldwide distribution: Angola, Botswana, Caprivi-Namibia, DRC, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa as far as the Cape.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Epiphora mythimnia (Larval foodplant)
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Images last updated: Friday 10 July 2009
Literature:

Drummond, R.B. (1966). Rhamnaceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(2) Pages 436 - 437. (Includes a picture).

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 257.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 95.

Steedman, E.C. (1933). Some Trees, Shrubs and Lianes of Southern Rhodesia. Page 45. as Helinus ovatus

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 158.


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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: Helinus integrifolius.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=137790, retrieved 28 September 2016

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