The following description was drawn up from a specimen collected in Leamington Rd, Harare: Perennial, climbing or trailing, twining herb. Leaves opposite, petiolate; lamina triangular-ovate;
base cordate; apex acuminate; margin shallowly crenate-serrate. Capitula 8-10 mm, cylindric, in congested corymbs on peduncles
2-4 cm, each one arising at the same point as the petiole of a
lf. Phyllaries 5-7 mm, subequal, 4 appressed with 1 spreading
outer bract. Achenes 2-3 mm, black, dotted with glands, 5-angled.
Pappus of c.40 scabrid bristles.
Mapaura & Timberlake (2004) list only one species of Mikania for Zimbabwe, namely Mikania carteri Baker, and we have followed that treatment in this account. However, it is very probable that more than one species occurs in Zimbabwe.