Vincetoxicum caffrum (Meisn.) Kuntze

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Synonyms: Gongronema welwitschii K. Schum.
Sphaerocodon caffrum (Meisn.) Schltr.
Sphaerocodon melananthus N.E. Br.
Sphaerocodon natalense Benth.
Sphaerocodon obtusifolium Benth.
Tylophora caffra Meisn.
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Status: Native
Derivation of specific name: caffrum: of Kaffraria, a historic reference to South Africa
Habitat: In mixed deciduous woodland or seasonally burned grassland, often on rocky slopes.
Altitude range: (metres) 1000 - 2400 m
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Worldwide distribution: Widespread in Tropical and subtropical Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,C,E
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Binns, B. (1968). A First Check List of the Herbaceous Flora of Malawi The Government Printer, Zomba, Malawi Page 22. as Sphaerocodon obtusifolium

Goyder, D.J., Gilbert, M.G. & Venter, H.J.T. (2020). Apocynaceae (Part 2) Flora Zambesiaca 7(2) Pages 352 - 354. (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 22. also as Sphaerocodon melanathus

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Vincetoxicum caffrum., retrieved 28 November 2023

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