Momordica boivinii Baill.

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Momordica boivinii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Greystone Park NR

Momordica boivinii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Greystone Park NR

Momordica boivinii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Tributary of Kame River, by road to Khami Ruins

Momordica boivinii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Tributary of Kame River, by road to Khami Ruins

Momordica boivinii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Tributary of Kame River, by road to Khami Ruins

Momordica boivinii

Photo: Bart Wursten
C. 4 km east of Madziwa Mine

Momordica boivinii

Photo: Bart Wursten
C. 4 km east of Madziwa Mine

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Synonyms: Raphanistrocarpus boivinii (Baill.) Cogn.
Raphanocarpus boivinii (Baill.) Chiov.
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Status: Native
Description:
Perennial climber with prostrate or scandent stems up to 7.5 m long, growing from a tuberous rootstock. Tendrils simple. Leaves 1.5-7.5 cm long, ovate in outline, unlobed or shallowly 3-5 lobed, somewhat roughly hairy, deeply cordate at the base; margin with sinuate teeth. Flowers unisexual on the same plant; male flowers in pedunculate 2-8-flowered clusters; female flowers solitary; yellow to deep orange, paler on the outside. Fruit narrowly spindle-shaped, 2.5 - 10 cm long green with cream stripes, yellow when ripe.
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Habitat: In woodland, wooded grassland and riverine fringes, often on sandy soils.
Altitude range: (metres) 150 - 1500 m
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Worldwide distribution: From Ethiopia to Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-natal, South Africa and West to Namibia and Angola.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
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Images last updated: Sunday 18 August 2013
Literature:

Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 90 - 91. (Includes a picture).

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

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 74.


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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: Momordica boivinii.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=157170, retrieved 24 May 2016

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