Coccinia adoensis (A. Rich.) Cogn.

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Coccinia adoensis

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Cleveland Dam, Harare

Coccinia adoensis

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Greystone Park Nature Reserve

Coccinia adoensis

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Rusape-Juliasdale road near London Store.

Coccinia adoensis

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Twentydales Extn, Epworth, Harare.

Coccinia adoensis

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Paul Hulley plantations, southern Vumba.

Coccinia adoensis

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Vumba road at Eagle School turn-off.

Coccinia adoensis

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Vumba road at Eagle School turn-off.

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Synonyms: Coccinia roseiflora Suess.
Momordica adoensis A. Rich.
Common names:
Frequency: Frequent
Status: Native
Perennial with annual climbing stems, growing from a tuberiferous rootstock. Leaves are extremely variable, from broadly ovate or pentagonal to deeply palmately 3-5 lobed, margins finely serrate. The leaf surface may be near glabrous, except for scattered hairs along the veins or shortly pubescent throughout. Tendrils simple. Male and female flowers similar but separate on different plants. Fruit ellipsoid, orange-red, surface smooth.
Derivation of specific name: adoensis: from Aden, Arabia
Habitat: Woodland and grassland.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1900 m
Flowering time:Oct - Jan
Worldwide distribution: Tropical Africa from Ghana east to Sudan and south to South Africa
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
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Bandeira, S., Bolnick, D. & Barbosa, F. (2007). Wild Flowers of Southern Mozambique Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Maputo, Mozambique Page 200. as Coccinia palmata (Includes a picture).

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

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 135. (Includes a picture).

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 51.

Fabian, A. & Germishuizen, G. (1997). Wild Flowers of Northern South Africa. Fernwood Press, Vlaeburg. Pages 412 - 413. (Includes a picture).

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 238. (Includes a picture).

Jeffrey, C. (1978). Cucurbitaceae Flora Zambesiaca 4 Pages 446 - 447.

Jeffrey, C. & Fernandes, R.B. (1986). 80. Cucurbitaceae Flora de Moçambique Junta de Investigaçoes de Ultramar, Centro de Botanica Pages 51 - 54. (Includes a picture).

Kirby, G. (2013). Wild Flowers of Southeast Botswana Struik Nature, Cape Town South Africa Page 162. (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.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 44.

Pickering, H. & Roe, E. (2009). Wild Flowers of the Victoria Falls Area Helen Pickering, London Page 57. (Includes a picture).

Pooley, E. (1998). A Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Region. Natal Flora Publications Trust. Durban. Pages 308 - 309. (Includes a picture).

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

Timberlake, J.R. & Childes, S.L. (2004). Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Technical Reviews Volume Two (Chapter 5-15) Appendix 5-1: Plant Checklist Occasional Publications in Biodiversity 15 Page 205.

Van Wyk, B. & Malan, S. (1988). Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of the Witwatersrand and Pretoria Region Struik, Cape Town Pages 128 - 129. (Includes a picture).


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Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Coccinia adoensis., retrieved 25 October 2016

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