Merremia palmata Hallier f.

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Merremia palmata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Hwali River bridge

Merremia palmata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nr upper dam, Hillside Dams, Bulawayo

Merremia palmata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nr upper dam, Hillside Dams, Bulawayo

Merremia palmata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nr upper dam, Hillside Dams, Bulawayo

Merremia palmata

Photo: Bart Wursten
By road from Main Camp to Sinamatella, Hwange NP

Merremia palmata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Tshabalala Nature Reserve,Bulawayo

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Common names: Morning-glory (English)
Status: Native
Prostrate or twining perennial herb. Stems up to 2.5 m long, hairless, ribbed or almost winged. Leaves deeply palmately 5-9-lobed with lower lobes often unequally forked; lobes linear to narrowly lanceolate, up to 7 cm long, hairless. Flowers solitary or in few-flowered axillary clusters on peduncles, up to 6.5 cm long. Corolla up to 5 cm in diameter, pale yellow with a deep maroon-red centre.
Derivation of specific name: palmata: palmate, like a hand
Habitat: In dry open deciduous woodland and along roadsides, mostly in sandy soils.
Altitude range: (metres) 500 - 1370 m
Flowering time:Oct - Mar
Worldwide distribution: Tropical East Africa, Angola, Botswana, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Limpopo, Mpumalanga, South Africa. Also in India.
Zimbabwe distribution: W,C,E,S
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Images last updated: Sunday 7 February 2016

Gonçalves, M.L. (1987). Convolvulaceae Flora Zambesiaca 8(1) Pages 41 - 42.

Kirby, G. (2013). Wild Flowers of Southeast Botswana Struik Nature, Cape Town South Africa Page 158. (Includes a picture).

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


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-17

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2017). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Merremia palmata., retrieved 18 December 2017

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