Adenia lobata (Jacq.) Engl.
subsp. rumicifolia (Engl. & Harms) Lye

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Adenia lobata subsp. rumicifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Chalet 2, Chirinda Forest

Adenia lobata subsp. rumicifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Campsite, Chirinda Forest

Adenia lobata subsp. rumicifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Campsite, Chirinda Forest

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Synonyms: Adenia rumicifolia Engl. & Harms var. rumicifolia
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Status: Native
Woody climber. Stems often 3-5-angled. Tendrils simple, axillary. Leaves ovate to almost round, up to c. 18 × 12 cm, shiny dark green above, paler below, 3-7-veined from near the base, hairless; apex pointed to rounded; base shallowly cordate, sometimes with 2 hastate lobes; 2 fleshy glands, c. 3 mm wide, are present on the petiole at the base of the lamina. Flowers unisexual, in c. 10-flowered axillary heads, creamy yellow. Fruit a capsule, up to 6 × 3 cm, blackish when dry.
Derivation of specific name: lobata: lobed, referring to the basal lobes on the leaves, which are not always present
Habitat: In evergreen forest understorey and along the margins, in woodland and savanna thickets.
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Worldwide distribution: Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Cameroon, DRC, Uganda, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Angola.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s): Climber, liane.
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Images last updated: Friday 3 February 2012

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 223. as Adenia rumicifolia (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 648. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 3. As Adenia rumicifolia rumicifolia

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. As Adenia rumicifolia

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 262. As Adenia rumicifolia rumicifolia

Fernandes, R. & A. (1978). Passifloraceae Flora Zambesiaca 4 Pages 393 - 395. As Adenia rumicifolia rumicifolia

Fernandes, R. & A. (1980). 79. Passiforaceae Flora de Moçambique Junta de Investigaçoes de Ultramar, Centro de Botanica Pages 22 - 23. as Adenia lobata subsp. rumicifolia

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. As Adenia lobata

Steedman, E.C. (1933). Some Trees, Shrubs and Lianes of Southern Rhodesia. Page 53. as Adenia lobata

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Adenia lobata
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Adenia lobata
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Wikipedia: Adenia lobata

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: Adenia lobata subsp. rumicifolia., retrieved 19 May 2024

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