Mondia whitei (Hook. f.) Skeels

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Mondia whitei

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Cleveland Dam

Mondia whitei

Photo: Bart Wursten
Leopard Rock Game Reserve, Vumba

Mondia whitei

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cleveland Dam

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Synonyms: Chlorocodon whitei Hook. f.
Common names: Mungurauwe (Shona) Tonic root (English) White's ginger (English)
Frequency: Frequent
Status: Probably native
Description:
Robust perennial climber, growing from a large tuberous rootstock. Older stems woody; milky latex present. Leaves opposite, elliptic-oblong, 10-30 cm long, cordate at the base, petiole and veining below often coloured reddish-purple; petiole 3-5.5 cm long. False stipules with stiff fimbriae between each pair of leaves (image 1). Flowers in axillary inflorescences. Corolla lobes c. 14 mm long, reddish-purple on the inside, often with a greenish margin., Fruit in paired, spreading folicles, up to 10 × 4.5 cm, velvety on the outside.
Notes: It is widespread in Zimbabwe but threatened in South Africa, due to over collection for medicinal purposes.
Derivation of specific name: whitei: after A.S. White, a South African farmer, who sent the first plants to Kew, where it was described as a new species.
Habitat: In a variety of woodland habitats.
Altitude range: (metres) 1070 - 1590 m
Flowering time:Dec - Jan
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical Africa
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s): Liane.
Endemic status:
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Literature:

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 270.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 48.


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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: Mondia whitei.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=145250, retrieved 25 May 2016

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