Rubia cordifolia L.
subsp. conotricha (Gand.) Verdc.

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Rubia cordifolia subsp. conotricha

Photo: Bart Wursten
La Rochelle, kopje behind hotel

Rubia cordifolia subsp. conotricha

Photo: Bart Wursten
La Rochelle, kopje behind hotel

Rubia cordifolia subsp. conotricha

Photo: Bart Wursten
La Rochelle, kopje behind hotel

Rubia cordifolia subsp. conotricha

Photo: Bart Wursten
La Rochelle, kopje behind hotel

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Synonyms: Rubia conotricha Gand.
Rubia longipetiolata Bullock
Common names: Sticky-leaved rubia (English)
Frequency: frequent
Status: Native
Description:
Scrambling or climbing herb. Stems up to 6m long, distinctly 4-ribbed, covered in minute recurved prickles. Leaves 4-whorled, rarely 3 or 5, lanceolate to broadly ovate, 2-7 cm long, more or less cordate at the base, generally with 5 prominent veins; margin and veins below with minute recurved prickles; petiole 15-100 mm long, set with minute recurved prickles. Flowers 3-6 mm in diameter, greenish, in axillary inflorescences. Fruits purple-black, each mericarp 2.5-4 mm in diameter.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: cordifolia: with cordate (heart-shaped) leaves
Habitat: In margins and clearings of forest and scrub and in high rainfall miombo woodland, often in rocky situations.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Mar - Dec
Worldwide distribution: From tropical East Africa to Eastern Cape South Africa. Also in Angola.
Zimbabwe distribution: C,E,S
Growth form(s): Perennial.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Macroglossum trochilus (Larval foodplant)
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Images last updated: Saturday 8 October 2011
Literature:

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 252. (Includes a picture).

Verdcourt, B. (1988). Rubiaceae, Part 1 Flora Zambesiaca 5(1) Pages 193 - 195. (Includes a picture).


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African Plant Database: Rubia cordifolia
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Rubia cordifolia
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Rubia cordifolia
Ispot Southern Africa : Rubia cordifolia
JSTOR Plant Science: Rubia cordifolia
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Rubia cordifolia
Tropicos: Rubia cordifolia
West African Plants database: Rubia cordifolia


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: Rubia cordifolia subsp. conotricha.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=156900, retrieved 26 June 2016

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