Ctenolepis cerasiformis (Stocks) Hook. f.

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Ctenolepis cerasiformis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Crocodile Farm, Kariba

Ctenolepis cerasiformis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Crocodile Farm, Kariba

Ctenolepis cerasiformis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Crocodile Farm, Kariba

Ctenolepis cerasiformis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Crocodile Farm, Kariba

Ctenolepis cerasiformis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Crocodile Farm, Kariba

Ctenolepis cerasiformis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Mubvee (Hippo) Lodge, Mana Pools

Ctenolepis cerasiformis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Mubvee (Hippo) Lodge, Mana Pools

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Synonyms: Blastania cerasiformis (Stocks) Meeuse
Blastania fimbristipula Kotschy & Perr.
Zehneria cerasiformis Stocks
Common names:
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Perennial climbing herbs with annual stems. Leaves broadly ovate in outline, deeply palmately 3-5-lobed, roughly hairy above and on the veins below, cordate at the base; margin coarsely toothed or lobed. Large and conspicuous stipule-like bracts with long ciliate margins are present above the leaf axils, subtending the inflorescences. Flowers in axillary racemes; small, c. 5 mm in diameter, pale yellowish. Fruit subspherical, 1-1.5 cm in diameter, red when ripe.
Notes: A very distinctive and readily recognizable species with its circular, ciliate stipule-like 'probracts'.
Derivation of specific name: cerasiformis: cherry-like, referring to the small red fruits.
Habitat: In woodland and wooded grassland, often along the margins of lakes and rivers.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1000 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in the Old World tropics from Senegal to East Africa and to northern South Africa. Also through Asia as far as India.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Wednesday 20 January 2010
Literature:

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 83. (Includes a picture).

Jeffrey, C. (1978). Cucurbitaceae Flora Zambesiaca 4 Pages 460 - 462. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 52.


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Flora of Botswana: Ctenolepis cerasiformis
Flora of Malawi: Ctenolepis cerasiformis
Flora of Mozambique: Ctenolepis cerasiformis
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African Plant Database: Ctenolepis cerasiformis
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EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Ctenolepis cerasiformis
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Flora Zambesiaca web site: Ctenolepis cerasiformis
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Ctenolepis cerasiformis
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Ctenolepis cerasiformis
Ispot Southern Africa : Ctenolepis cerasiformis
JSTOR Plant Science: Ctenolepis cerasiformis
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Ctenolepis cerasiformis
Tropicos: Ctenolepis cerasiformis
West African Plants database: Ctenolepis cerasiformis


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: Ctenolepis cerasiformis.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=157060, retrieved 25 August 2016

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