Momordica kirkii (Hook. f.) C. Jeffrey

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Momordica kirkii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nyaodza River bridge (northern end), Matiti Pool, near Kariba

Momordica kirkii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nyaodza River bridge (northern end), Matiti Pool, near Kariba

Momordica kirkii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nyaodza River bridge (northern end), Matiti Pool, near Kariba

Momordica kirkii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mana Pools, by main road to camp

Momordica kirkii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along road to workshop area, Rest Camp, Zambezi National Park.

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Synonyms: Raphanocarpus kirkii Hook. f.
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Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Perennial scrambler or climber. Stems annual, prostrate or scandent, growing from a tuberous rootstock. Tendrils simple. Leaves shallowly 5-lobed with short triangular lobes, giving the leaf a near-pentagonal outline. Base deeply cordate. Flowers solitary, axillary, unisexual on the same plant. Peduncles adnate to the leaf petioles, each flower appearing to arise from a leaf. Corolla bright orange; lobes obovate-obcuneate, bilobed. Male flowers 3.5-6 cm in diameter, much larger than female flowers. Fruit small, fusiform, ribbed, pubescent particularly on the ribs.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: kirkii: named after Dr John Kirk, who accompanied David Livingstone on his Zambezi expedition of 1858
Habitat: On sandy soils in deciduous and semi-deciduous woodland and wooded grassland.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1000 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Caprivi-Namibia.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,E,S
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Images last updated: Monday 1 February 2016
Literature:

Jeffrey, C. (1978). Cucurbitaceae Flora Zambesiaca 4 Pages 428 - 429.

Plowes, D.C.H. & Drummond, R.B. (1990). Wild Flowers of Zimbabwe. Revised edition. Longman, Zimbabwe. No. 136, plate 177

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: Momordica kirkii.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=157220, retrieved 27 September 2016

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