Pyrenacantha kirkii Baill.

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Pyrenacantha kirkii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near the Chiniziua River, Cheringoma, Sofala

Pyrenacantha kirkii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near the Chiniziua River, Cheringoma, Sofala

Pyrenacantha kirkii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near the Chiniziua River, Cheringoma, Sofala

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Frequency: Rare in Zimbabwe
Status: Native
Description:
Perennial twining herb. Stems velvety. Leaves variable, broadly elliptic or rhombic, often more or less 3-lobed near the apex, glossy dark green and hairless above, paler and sparsely appressed hairy below; petiole up to 1 cm long. Flowers in axillary spikes, small, unisexual. Male flowers numerous in rather loose spikes up to 9 cm long. Female spikes shorter with fewer flowers on a somewhat swollen rhachis and a peduncle up to 2.5 cm long. Fruits in clusters of 2-5, bright orange when ripe.
Notes: Although not listed in Checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants (Mapaura & Timberlake, SABONET 33, 2004), 2 specimens of this species, collected in Zimbabwe were discovered in SRGH on 2 Jan 2009 (J.F. Ngoni 207, 1973 and G. Pope & T. Müller 2022, 1981). The species should probably be listed at least as Vulnerable.
Derivation of specific name: kirkii: named after Dr John Kirk (1832-1922), who accompanied David Livingstone on his Zambezi expedition of 1858.
Habitat: In forest and dense woodland.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 820 m
Flowering time:Nov - Mar
Worldwide distribution: Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
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Images last updated: Sunday 4 January 2009
Literature:

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 76.

Mendes, E.J. (1963). Icacinaceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(1) Page 351.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 68.


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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: Pyrenacantha kirkii.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=168400, retrieved 25 June 2016

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