Amphilophium crucigerum (L.) L.G. Lohmann

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Amphilophium crucigerum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along roadside on hill behind La Rochelle Hotel

Amphilophium crucigerum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along roadside on hill behind La Rochelle Hotel

Amphilophium crucigerum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along roadside on hill behind La Rochelle Hotel

Amphilophium crucigerum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along roadside on hill behind La Rochelle Hotel

Amphilophium crucigerum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along roadside on hill behind La Rochelle Hotel

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Synonyms: Pithecoctenium crucigerum (L.) A.H. Gentry
Pithecoctenium echinatum (Jacq.) Baill.
Common names: Monkey comb (English)
Frequency: Local
Status: Introduced
Description:
Notes: Commonly cultivated in gardens. The species was originally included as a possibly naturalised plant on rather slender evidence. Meanwhile it has been recorded from various places where it appears to become invasive, such as disturbed woodland near La Rochelle Hotel; montane and riverine forest in the Vumba; around the campsite and chalets in Chirinda Forest and in riverine fringes near Arcturus. These records are an indication that this species could eventually, if not controlled, become a serious invader in Zimbabwe.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: Forest edge and disturbed woodland
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Native from Mexico to Argentina and in the West-Indies.
Zimbabwe distribution: C,E
Growth form(s): Liane.
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Saturday 8 October 2011
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African Plant Database: Amphilophium crucigerum
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Amphilophium crucigerum
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Amphilophium crucigerum
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Amphilophium crucigerum
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Amphilophium crucigerum
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Amphilophium crucigerum
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Amphilophium crucigerum
Ispot Southern Africa : Amphilophium crucigerum
JSTOR Plant Science: Amphilophium crucigerum
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Amphilophium crucigerum
Tropicos: Amphilophium crucigerum
West African Plants database: Amphilophium crucigerum


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: Amphilophium crucigerum.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=163530, retrieved 30 September 2016

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