Mukia maderaspatana (L.) M. Roem.

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Mukia maderaspatana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Vunduzi River below Bunga Ranger Camp, northwestern Gorongosa National Park.

Mukia maderaspatana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Vunduzi River below Bunga Ranger Camp, northwestern Gorongosa National Park.

Mukia maderaspatana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Vunduzi River below Bunga Ranger Camp, northwestern Gorongosa National Park.

Mukia maderaspatana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Vunduzi River below Bunga Ranger Camp, northwestern Gorongosa National Park.

Mukia maderaspatana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Vunduzi River below Bunga Ranger Camp, northwestern Gorongosa National Park.

Mukia maderaspatana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Vunduzi River below Bunga Ranger Camp, northwestern Gorongosa National Park.

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Synonyms: Bryonia cordifolia L.
Bryonia scabrella L.
Coccinia cordifolia (L.) Cogn.
Cucumis maderaspatanus L.
Melothria maderaspatana (L.) Cogn.
Mukia scabrella (L.) Arn.
Common names:
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Prostrate or climbing herb. Stems, leaves and tendrils with rough, whitish hairs. The leaves are variable, broadly ovate to triangular or palmately 3(-5) lobed, margin serrate. Flowers small, yellow in axillary clusters. Fruit globose, 6-11 mm in diameter, smooth and hairless, green with paler stripes when young, bright red when ripe.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: maderaspatana: from the Madras region of India
Habitat: A climber of damp places in woodland, grassland and riverine margins.
Altitude range: (metres) 300 - 1500 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Throughout the Old World Tropics including New Guinea and Australia.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species:
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Images last updated: Tuesday 16 June 2015
Literature:

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 245. (Includes a picture).

Jeffrey, C. (1978). Cucurbitaceae Flora Zambesiaca 4 Pages 475 - 477. (Includes a picture).

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.

Pooley, E. (1998). A Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Region. Natal Flora Publications Trust. Durban. Pages 78 - 79. (Includes a picture).

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: Mukia maderaspatana.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=156990, retrieved 25 July 2016

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