Zehneria microsperma Hook. f.

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Zehneria microsperma

Photo: Bart Wursten
Khodzue Gorge, Cheringoma

Zehneria microsperma

Photo: Bart Wursten
Khodzue Gorge, Cheringoma

Zehneria microsperma

Photo: Bart Wursten
Khodzue Gorge, Cheringoma

Zehneria microsperma

Photo: Bart Wursten
Khodzue Gorge, Cheringoma

Zehneria microsperma

Photo: Bart Wursten
Khodzue Gorge, Cheringoma

Zehneria microsperma

Photo: Bart Wursten
Khodzue Gorge, Cheringoma

Zehneria microsperma

Photo: Bart Wursten
Slopes of Mt Bunga, northwestern Gorongosa National Park.

Zehneria microsperma

Photo: Bart Wursten
Slopes of Mt Bunga, northwestern Gorongosa National Park.

Zehneria microsperma

Photo: Bart Wursten
Slopes of Mt Bunga, northwestern Gorongosa National Park.

Zehneria microsperma

Photo: Bart Wursten
Slopes of Mt Bunga, northwestern Gorongosa National Park.

Zehneria microsperma

Photo: Bart Wursten
Slopes of Mt Bunga, northwestern Gorongosa National Park.

Zehneria microsperma

Photo: Bart Wursten
Slopes of Mt Bunga, northwestern Gorongosa National Park.

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Synonyms: Melothria microsperma (Hook. f.) Cogn.
Common names:
Frequency: Very rare.
Status: Native?
Description:
Slender climber with mostly hairless stems and simple tendrils. Leaves unlobed, ovate, 2-7.5 cm long, broadly cordate at the base, finely punctate above, hairless except for a few setulae on the veins beneath; margin with prominent sinuate teeth; petiole 0.7- 5.2 cm long, mostly hairless. Flowers unisexual on the same plant, small, creamy-white; petals 1.5-2.5 mm long. Male flowers solitary or in axillary clusters of up to 10 flowers, sometimes with 1-2 female flowers. Female flowers solitary or as part of a mostly male cluster. Fruit globose, 8-10 mm in diameter, hairless, on pedicels 4-14 mm long.
Notes: Apparently recorded only once in Zimbabwe (per FZ and SRGH) from Ferny Creek, an Eastern Highlands outlier. However, there are no records from the Eastern division.
Derivation of specific name: microsperma:with very small seeds.
Habitat: In forest and woodland.
Altitude range: (metres) 1200 m (approx)
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Only known from Malawi and Mozambique and a single, anomalous record from Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: C
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Sunday 12 November 2017
Literature:

Jeffrey, C. (1978). Cucurbitaceae Flora Zambesiaca 4 Pages 479 - 480.

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 39.


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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: Zehneria microsperma.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=157010, retrieved 19 November 2017

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