Hippocratea goetzei Loes.

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Hippocratea goetzei

Photo: Mark Hyde
Bunga Forest, Vumba

Hippocratea goetzei

Photo: Mark Hyde
Bunga Forest, Vumba

Hippocratea goetzei

Photo: Mark Hyde
Bunga Forest, Vumba

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Synonyms: Simirestis goetzei (Loes) R. Wilczek
Common names:
Frequency: Rare
Status: Native
Usually a liane up to 15 m high or more; stems, hairless, 4-angled and green when young, often forming tendrilous loops; older stems wine-red to brown with elongated whitish lenticels. Leaves ovate, oblong or elliptic, mostly 6-12 cm long, dark green, paler below, hairless, margin glandular crenate-dentate or almost entire; petiole 5-14 mm long; stipules triangular, less than 1 mm long, deciduous. Flowers c. 3-15 in lax axillary inflorescences; pedicels 3-7 mm long. Sepals broadly ovate-triangular to almost circular, c. 1 mm long, dark green to yellow-green with paler, toothed margins. Petals oblong-spathulate to oblanceolate, 4-6 mm long, Dark green to yellow-green with paler margins; stamens 3.
Derivation of specific name: goetzei: after Walter Goetze (1872-1899), German naturalist, explorer, photographer and collector of botanical and zoological specimens in Tanzania.
Habitat: In evergreen forest and in rocky places, especially in the wetter areas near the base.
Altitude range: (metres) 800 - 2000 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Eastern DRC, Uganda, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
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Endemic status:
Red data list status: Vulnerable
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Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 180. as Simirestis goetzei (Includes a picture).

Dowsett-Lemaire, F. (1985). The forest vegetation of the Nyika Plateau (Malawi-Zambia): ecological and phenological studies. Bull. Jard. Bot. Nat. Belg. / Bull. Nat. Plantentuin Belg. 55 (3/4) Page 320.

Dowsett-Lemaire, F. (1989). The flora and phytogeography of the evergreen forests of Malawi. I: Afromontane and mid-altitude forests; Bull. Jard. Bot. Nat. Belg. 59(1/2) Page 23.

Golding, J.S. (ed.) (2002). Zimbabwe Plant Red Data List. Southern African Plant Red Data Lists. SABONET 14 Page 165.

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 33.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 40.

Robson, N.K.B. (1966). Celastraceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(2) Pages 405 - 407. (Includes a picture).

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 67. as Simirestis goetzei

White, F., Dowsett-Lemaire, F. & Chapman, J.D. (2001). Evergreen forest flora of Malawi Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Pages 185 - 186. (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: Species information: Hippocratea goetzei.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=137140, retrieved 27 May 2024

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