4661.000 Hippocratea L.

APODOSTIGMA R. Wilczek

ELACHYPTERA A.C. Sm.

LOESENERIELLA A.C. Sm.

PRIONOSTEMMA Miers

PRISTIMERA Miers

REISSANTIA N. Hallé

SIMIRESTIS N. Hallé

Description of the genus

Lianes or climbing shrubs, less often small trees. Stipules free or ± united. Inflorescence of various forms, axillary. Bracts persistent. Flowers bisexual. Sepals (4-)5. Petals (4-)5(-6), green to white or yellow. Leaves opposite or subopposite, petiolate. Disk present, varying in shape. Stamens (2-)3(-4). Ovary superior, 3-locular. Stigmas 3. Fruit of 3 capsular, flattened mericarps, united at the base. Seeds usually winged.

Comment: Hippocratea has been split into a number of smaller genera. However, as it is a very recognizable genus with its climbing habit and its flattened fruits in threes, we have retained our species within Hippocratea.

Worldwide: 100 species in the tropics.

Zimbabwe: 10 taxa.

Hippocratea africana var. richardiana

Links to taxa:     View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this genus

SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
africana (Willd.) Loes. var. richardiana (Cambess.) N. RobsonN,W,E,SDescription, Image
buchananii Loes.N,W,E,SDescription, Image
crenata (Klotzsch) Loes.N,E,SDescription, Image
goetzei Loes.[VU]EDescription, Image
indica Willd.N,W,C,E,SDescription, Image
longipetiolata Oliv.N,W,C,E,SDescription, Image
pallens Planch. ex Oliv.[LR-nt]EDescription, Image
parviflora N.E. Br.N,WDescription, Image
parvifolia Oliv.N,W,C,SDescription
volkensii Loes.[LR-lc]N,EDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Hippocratea:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Hippocratea
Flora of Caprivi: Hippocratea
Flora of Malawi: Hippocratea
Flora of Mozambique: Hippocratea
Flora of Zambia: Hippocratea

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Hippocratea
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Hippocratea
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Hippocratea
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Hippocratea
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Hippocratea
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Hippocratea
JSTOR Plant Science: Hippocratea
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Hippocratea
Plants of the World Online: Hippocratea
Tropicos: Hippocratea
Wikipedia: Hippocratea

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: Genus page: Hippocratea.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=893, retrieved 21 May 2024

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