Mondia whitei (Hook. f.) Skeels

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Mondia whitei

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Cleveland Dam

Mondia whitei

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Leopard Rock Game Reserve, Vumba

Mondia whitei

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cleveland Dam

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Synonyms: Chlorocodon whitei Hook. f.
Periploca latifolia K. Schum.
Tacazzea amplifolia S. Moore
Common names: Mungurauwe (Shona) Tonic root (English) White's ginger (English)
Description: Robust perennial climber, growing from a large tuberous rootstock. Older stems woody; milky latex present. Leaves opposite, elliptic-oblong, 10-30 cm long, cordate at the base, petiole and veining below often coloured reddish-purple; petiole 3-5.5 cm long. False stipules with stiff fimbriae between each pair of leaves (image 1). Flowers in axillary inflorescences. Corolla lobes c. 14 mm long, reddish-purple on the inside, often with a greenish margin., Fruit in paired, spreading folicles, up to 10 × 4.5 cm, velvety on the outside.
Notes: It is widespread in Zimbabwe but threatened in South Africa, due to over collection for medicinal purposes.
Derivation of specific name: whitei: after A.S. White, a South African farmer, who sent the first plants to Kew, where it was described as a new species.
Flowering time:Dec - Jan
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical Africa
Growth form(s): Climber, liane.
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Binns, B. (1968). A First Check List of the Herbaceous Flora of Malawi The Government Printer, Zomba, Malawi Page 20. As Chlorocodon whytei

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 39.

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 26.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 270.

Goyder, D.J., Gilbert, M.G. & Venter, H.J.T. (2020). Apocynaceae (Part 2) Flora Zambesiaca 7(2) Pages 26 - 27. (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 66.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 26.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 48.

Venter, H.J.T, Verhoeven, R.L. & Bruyns, P.V. (2009). Morphology and taxonomy of Mondia (Apocynaceae: Periplocoideae) South African Journal of Botany 75 Pages 460 - 463. (Includes a picture).

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated Plants: Species information: Mondia whitei., retrieved 20 June 2024

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