Cocculus hirsutus (L.) Diels

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Cocculus hirsutus

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Rhino Hotel, Old Runde Bridge, Mwenezi.

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Synonyms: Cocculus villosus DC.
Menispermum hirsutum L.
Menispermum villosum Lam.
Common names: Sisi (Shona)
Status: Native
Perennial climber, 2-3 m. Leaves 3-5-veined from the base, variable in shape, older leaves often distinctly 3-5-lobed, younger leaves oblong-ovate to somewhat obovate, covered in yellowish velvety hairs, apex with a small sharp mucro. Flowers in axillary clusters, unisexual; sepals densely hairy. Fruit somewhat ellipsoid, c. 4 mm in diameter, fleshy, purple-blue when ripe.
Derivation of specific name: hirsutus: covered with long, moderately stiff and not interwoven hairs; hirsute
Habitat: In dry deciduous woodland.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1140 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: From Sudan and Eritrea, south to Angola, Namibia and KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Also in Asia from the Arabian Peninsula to southern China.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Insects associated with this species: Eudocima materna (Larval foodplant)
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Images last updated: Thursday 12 November 2015

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 14.

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 9.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 236.

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 103. (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 62.

Roodt, V. (1998). Trees and Shrubs of the Okavango Delta Shell Field Guide Series: Part I Shell Oil Botswana, Gaberone. Pages 34 - 35. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 86.

Siebert, S. & Mössmer, M. (Editors) (2002). SABONET Southern Mozambique Expedition 2001; Provisional Plant Checklist of the Maputo Elephant Reserve (MER) and Licuati Forest Reserve (LFR) SABONET News 7(1) Page 27.

Timberlake, J.R. & Childes, S.L. (2004). Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Technical Reviews Volume Two (Chapter 5-15) Appendix 5-1: Plant Checklist Occasional Publications in Biodiversity 15 Page 219.

Troupin, G. (1960). Menispermaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(1) Pages 163 - 165. (Includes a picture).

Troupin, G. (1962). Monographie des Menispermaceae africaines Mémoires in-8° Nouvelle série XIII-2 Académie royale des Sciences d'Outre-Mer Pages 225 - 231. (Includes a picture).

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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Cocculus hirsutus
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Wikipedia: Cocculus hirsutus

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: Species information: Cocculus hirsutus., retrieved 25 June 2024

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