Oreosyce africana Hook. f.

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Oreosyce africana

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Vumba road near Genaina Lodge.

Oreosyce africana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cloudlands layby, Vumba

Oreosyce africana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cloudlands layby, Vumba

Oreosyce africana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cloudlands layby, Vumba

Oreosyce africana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cloudlands Lay-by, Vumba

Oreosyce africana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cloudlands Lay-by, Vumba

Oreosyce africana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cloudlands Lay-by, Vumba

Oreosyce africana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Close to Inyangombe Falls

Oreosyce africana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Close to Inyangombe Falls

Oreosyce africana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Close to Inyangombe Falls

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Synonyms: Cucumis cecilii N.E. Br.
Cucumis subsericeus Hook. f.
Oreosyce triangularis Cogn.
Common names:
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Prostrate creeper or climber with simple tendrils. Stems, petioles and tendrils with rough, backwardly pointed, bristly hairs. Leaves up to 10 × 9.5 cm, triangular, to broadly ovate in outline, unlobed or fairly shallowly 3(5) lobed, more or less densely covered in bristly hairs on both surfaces, especially on the veins; lobes usually triangular; margins with small sinuate teeth; petiole 2.5-11.5 cm long. Flowers unisexual on the same plant, up to 1-2 cm in diameter, pale yellow. Male flowers in 3-6-flowered axillary clusters. Female flowers solitary on pedicels 3-10 mm long; ovary densely bristly hairy. Fruit ovoid to ellipsoid, 1.5-2.7 cm long, tuberculate, usually with a short beak, green or yellow.
Notes: In SRGH on 27 Jun 2007, there was one record from the northern division (Urungwe, Msukwe River), three records from Matopos (Besna Kobila etc.) and numerous records from the E division. It looks like a basically E Highlands species which also occurs in two outliers (but is some part of Urungwe an outlier??).
Derivation of specific name: africana: African
Habitat: Along margins of forest.
Altitude range: (metres) 800 - 2100 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Angola, DRC, Bioko, Cameroon, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Mpumalanga, South Africa. Also in Madagascar.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,E
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species:
Spot characters: Display spot characters for this species
Images last updated: Thursday 26 April 2012
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 135. (Includes a picture).

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 51.

Jeffrey, C. (1978). Cucurbitaceae Flora Zambesiaca 4 Pages 471 - 472. (Includes a picture).

Jeffrey, C. & Fernandes, R.B. (1986). 80. Cucurbitaceae Flora de Moçambique Page 82.

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 38.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 45.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 53.


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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: Oreosyce africana.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=156980, retrieved 30 September 2016

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