Hippocratea pallens Planch. ex Oliv.

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Hippocratea pallens

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Pande, Inhassoro District.

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Synonyms: Apodostigma pallens (Oliv.) R. Wilczek
Hippocratea buchholzii Loes.
Hippocratea chariensis A. Chev.
Hippocratea oliverana Hutch. & Moss.
Hippocratea pallens Planch. ex Oliv. var. keniensis Loes.
Hippocratea verdickii De Wild.
Common names:
Status: Native
Climbing shrub or liane, hairless and without lenticels. Stems smooth, greyish-brown, slightly 4-lined when young but otherwise terete. Leaves oblong, elliptic-ovate or obovate, 3.5-9.5 cm long, thinly textured to slightly leathery, decurrent at the base, midrib and 4-6 lateral veins flat or slightly prominent on both surfaces; margin entire to undulate or glandular serrulate; petiole 5-14 mm long. Stipules broadly triangular, 0.2-0.5 mm long, fimbriate and not united. Flowers numerous, small, in branched axillary heads; peduncles and inflorescence branches 4-angled. Sepals greenish; petals green or white to yellow or orange, 1-1.5 mm long. Mericarps narrowly oblong, c. 3 cm long, flattened, green tinged purple-brown.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In lowland rainforest, dense deciduous woodland and thickets.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1500 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Widespread from Senegal to Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Angola.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status: Lower Risk - near threatened
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Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 520. (Includes a picture).

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 255.

Robson, N.K.B. (1966). Celastraceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(2) Pages 407 - 417. (Includes a picture).

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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Hippocratea pallens
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Hippocratea pallens
The Plant List (version 1.1): Hippocratea pallens
Tropicos: Hippocratea pallens

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Hippocratea pallens.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=137170, retrieved 21 April 2019

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