Basananthe triloba (Bolus) W.J. de Wilde

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Basananthe triloba

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along road to Rusitu Forest

Basananthe triloba

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along road to Rusitu Forest

Basananthe triloba

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along road to Rusitu Forest

Basananthe triloba

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along road to Rusitu Forest

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Synonyms: Triphostemma trilobum Bolus
Common names:
Status: Native
Perennial creeping or climbing herb with several simple or branched shoots, up to 2.5 m long, usually c. 70 cm. Tendrils present. Leaves somewhat grey-green, 3-lobed; lobes oblong to ovate, mid-lobe largest; margin serrate-dentate. Leaf-like false stipules present. Flowers in few-flowered clusters, pale creamy-green, c. 1.3 cm in diameter; peduncle up to 6 cm, ending in a tendril or a mucro-like appendage. Sepals 5-7.5 mm, without keeled nerves. Fruit a capsule, c. 1.4 cm long.
Derivation of specific name: triloba: 3-lobed, referring to the leaves
Habitat: In grassland, scrub, riverine fringes and and along the margins of swamps.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Sep - Feb
Worldwide distribution: Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Eswatini and Limpopo, Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Insects associated with this species: Acraea aglaonice (Food plant)
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Images last updated: Saturday 10 December 2011

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 8.

De Wilde, W.J.J.O. (1973). Revision of Basananthe, formerly Tryphostemma (Passifloraceae) Blumea 21 Pages 335 - 337. (Includes a picture).

Fabian, A. & Germishuizen, G. (1997). Wild Flowers of Northern South Africa. Fernwood Press, Vlaeburg. Pages 270 - 271. (Includes a picture).

Fernandes, R. & A. (1978). Passifloraceae Flora Zambesiaca 4 Page 380.

Fernandes, R. & A. (1980). 79. Passiforaceae Flora de Moçambique Junta de Investigaçoes de Ultramar, Centro de Botanica Pages 12 - 13.

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.

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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: Basananthe triloba., retrieved 24 May 2024

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