Cyclantheropsis parviflora (Cogn.) Harms

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Cyclantheropsis parviflora

Photo: Bart Wursten
Umvumvumvu River gorge

Cyclantheropsis parviflora

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along path to rooms 1-4, Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge.

Cyclantheropsis parviflora

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along path to rooms 1-4, Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge.

Cyclantheropsis parviflora

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along path to rooms 1-4, Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge.

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Synonyms: Gerrardanthus parviflorus (Cogn.) Harms
Common names:
Frequency: Local
Status: Native
Perennial climber, stems becoming woody when old. Leaves ovate to reniform, cordate, semi-succulent, sometimes shallowly 3-5 lobed. Inflorescences axillary, unisexual, male flowers in many-flowered inflorescences, female inflorescences few-flowered, greenish-yellow. Fruit oblong, leathery, flattened, winged, brownish when ripe.
Notes: A very striking and unusual species; the fruits not immediately suggesting Cucurbitaceae.
Derivation of specific name: parviflora: small-flowered
Habitat: In hot deciduous woodland and thickets.
Altitude range: (metres) 200 - 900 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Eastern and southern tropical Africa from Ethiopia south to Angola
Zimbabwe distribution: N,E
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status: Vulnerable
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Jeffrey, C. (1978). Cucurbitaceae Flora Zambesiaca 4 Pages 497 - 499. (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.


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-18

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2018). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Cyclantheropsis parviflora., retrieved 21 January 2018

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