Kedrostis foetidissima (Jacq.) Cogn.

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Kedrostis foetidissima

Photo: Bart Wursten
West of Masvingo on road to Zvishavane

Kedrostis foetidissima

Photo: Bart Wursten
West of Masvingo on road to Zvishavane

Kedrostis foetidissima

Photo: Bart Wursten
West of Masvingo on road to Zvishavane

Kedrostis foetidissima

Photo: Bart Wursten
West of Masvingo on road to Zvishavane

Kedrostis foetidissima

Photo: Bart Wursten
West of Masvingo on road to Zvishavane

Kedrostis foetidissima

Photo: Bart Wursten
West of Masvingo on road to Zvishavane

Kedrostis foetidissima

Photo: Bart Wursten
West of Masvingo on road to Zvishavane

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Synonyms: Kedrostis foetidissima (Jacq.) Cogn. subsp. obtusiloba (Sond.) Meeuse
Trichosanthes foetidissima Jacq.
Zehneria obtusiloba Sond.
Common names:
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Herb with prostrate or climbing stems up to 3 m long, growing from a tuberous root. Plant somewht sticky and unpleasantly smelling when crushed. Leaves narrowly to broadly ovate in outline, up to 9 × 10.5 cm, unlobed to 3-5-lobed, cordate at the base, more or less densely and finely rough-hairy on both surfaces; margin very finely toothed; petiole 0.5-5 cm long. Tendrils simple. Flowers unisexual, sometimes together in the same axils. Male flowers 3-15 in axillary clusters or racemes on peduncles 4.5-30 mm long; petals 2-5 mm long, cream, yellow or greenish-yellow. Female flowers solitary; petals 1.5-3 mm long. Fruit ovoid to almost round, 9-13 mm long, sometimes beaked, finely hairy, pale green with darker longitudinal lines, becoming orange to red when ripe.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: foetidissima: very smelly; foetid.
Habitat: In woodland and grassland, often by termite mounds or rivers.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1350 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in the drier regions of tropical Africa, India and Burma.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
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: Wednesday 18 May 2016
Literature:

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 243. (Includes a picture).

Jeffrey, C. (1978). Cucurbitaceae Flora Zambesiaca 4 Pages 486 - 487.

Kirby, G. (2013). Wild Flowers of Southeast Botswana Struik Nature, Cape Town South Africa Page 168. (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.

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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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Kedrostis foetidissima
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West African Plants database: Kedrostis foetidissima


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: Kedrostis foetidissima.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=157070, retrieved 30 September 2016

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