Peponium chirindense (Baker f.) Cogn.

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Peponium chirindense

Photo: Bart Wursten
Bunga Views entrance, Vumba

Peponium chirindense

Photo: Bart Wursten
Bunga Views entrance, Vumba

Peponium chirindense

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

Peponium chirindense

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

Peponium chirindense

Photo: Bart Wursten
Vumba road at Jevington Rd turn-off, Vumba

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Synonyms: Peponia chirindensis Baker f.
Common names:
Frequency: Locally common
Status: Native
Description:
Robust climber, up to 8 m, reaching high into the trees, rarely prostrate along the ground or over low vegetation. Stout tendrils present. Leaves dark green rough and leathery, glabrous except for the veins, broadly ovate, 3-5 lobed; lobes triangular, acuminate with coarsely dentate margins. Flowers unisexual on different plants. Male flowers in racemes; female flowers solitary, pale to bright yellow. Fruit ovoid-oblong, up to 15 cm.
Notes: The fruits are eaten by monkeys.
Derivation of specific name: chirindense: of the Chirinda Forest.
Habitat: A species of evergreen forest edges and clearings, wet grasland or bracken scrub.
Altitude range: (metres) 600 - 1800 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: C,E
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Images last updated: Sunday 23 September 2007
Literature:

Jeffrey, C. (1978). Cucurbitaceae Flora Zambesiaca 4 Pages 492 - 494. (Includes a picture).

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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African Plant Database: Peponium chirindense
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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Peponium chirindense
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West African Plants database: Peponium chirindense


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: Peponium chirindense.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=157430, retrieved 9 December 2016

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