Merremia hederacea (Burm. f.) Hallier f.

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Merremia hederacea

Photo: Bart Wursten
Lake Urema Floodplain Edge, Gorongosa National Park

Merremia hederacea

Photo: Bart Wursten
Lake Urema Floodplain Edge, Gorongosa National Park

Merremia hederacea

Photo: Bart Wursten
Lake Urema Floodplain Edge, Gorongosa National Park

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Synonyms: Evolvulus hederaceus Burm. f.
Merremia convolvulacea Hall. f.
Common names:
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Twining or prostrate creeping herb with mostly hairless or pubescent stems, sometimes rooting at the nodes. Leaves ovate in outline up to 5 cm long, shallowly to deeply 3-lobed, hairless or sparsely hairy; margin more or less crenate; petiole up to 3 cm long, slender and often sparsely tuberculate in the basal half. Flowers solitary or in lax, few-flowered, branched inflorescences; peduncle 1-7 cm long. Corolla white or pale to bright yellow, bell-shaped, 5-12 mm long, hairy inside the tube with longer hairs near the base of the stamens. Fruit a globose or broadly conical capsule, obscurely 4-angled; valves wrinkled.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: hederacea: ivy-like, resembling Hedera in the leaf shape.
Habitat: In riverine forest and grassland, often on sandy soils.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 300 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in Tropical Africa, Madagascar, Tropical Asia, Southern China, Malaysia, Queensland Australia and some Pacific Islands.
Zimbabwe distribution: N
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Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Wednesday 20 May 2015
Literature:

Gonçalves, M.L. (1987). Convolvulaceae Flora Zambesiaca 8(1) Page 43.

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 37.


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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: Merremia hederacea.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=147350, retrieved 22 October 2019

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