Merremia kentrocaulos (C.B. Clarke) Hallier f.
var. pinnatifida N.E. Br.

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Merremia kentrocaulos var. pinnatifida

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nr bridge over Sitagane River, by rd from Tuli to Hwali River bridge

Merremia kentrocaulos var. pinnatifida

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nr bridge over Sitagane River, by rd from Tuli to Hwali River bridge

Merremia kentrocaulos var. pinnatifida

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nr bridge over Sitagane River, by rd from Tuli to Hwali River bridge

Merremia kentrocaulos var. pinnatifida

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along road from Mahenye to Mtandahwe.

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Synonyms: Convolvulus kentrocaulos Steud.
Ipomoea kentrocaulos C.B. Clarke
Operculina kentrocaulos (C.B. Clarke) Hall. f.
Common names: Rough-stemmed morning-glory (English)
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Robust twining perennial herb with stems up to 10 m long. Stems and petioles, hairless covered in small spine-like reddish-brown tubercles; older stems becoming woody. Leaves up to 13 cm in diameter, deeply palmately or pedately 7-9-lobed, lobes often pinnately lobed again, hairless. Flowers solitary or in few-flowered axillary clusters on a long peduncle, up to 8 cm. Corolla funnel-shaped, 6-8 cm in diameter, whitish to pale yellow with a dark purple centre.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: kentrocaulos: with spiny stems; pinnatifida: pinnately lobed, referring to secondary lobes on each primary lobe.
Habitat: In hot and dry mopane-Acacia scrub or woodland, often on stony ground.
Altitude range: (metres) 200 - 1300 m
Flowering time:Dec - April
Worldwide distribution: Botswana, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Limpopo and Mpumalanga, South Africa. Also in India.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Sunday 1 March 2015
Literature:

Fabian, A. & Germishuizen, G. (1997). Wild Flowers of Northern South Africa. Fernwood Press, Vlaeburg. Pages 336 - 337. (Includes a picture).

Gonçalves, M.L. (1987). Convolvulaceae Flora Zambesiaca 8(1) Pages 40 - 41.

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 37.

Plowes, D.C.H. & Drummond, R.B. (1990). Wild Flowers of Zimbabwe. Revised edition. Longman, Zimbabwe. No. 99, plate 134

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 51. as Merremia kentrocaulos


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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: Merremia kentrocaulos var. pinnatifida.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=147360, retrieved 1 October 2016

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