Zehneria minutiflora (Cogn.) C. Jeffrey

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Zehneria minutiflora

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Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

Zehneria minutiflora

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

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Synonyms: Melothria minutiflora Cogn.
Zehneria micrantha Hook. f.
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Status: Native
Slender prostrate or climbing herb with annual stems arising from a perennial rootstock. Leaves variable, ovate to triangular in outline, more or less 3-lobed, more of less densely covered in soft to somewhat bristly hairs; margin almost entire to prominently toothed. Flowers small, unisexual on different plants; male flowers in dense axillary clusters; female flowers solitary, bell-shaped, white fading to yellowish. Fruit 9-17 mm long, spindle-shaped, bright red when ripe.
Derivation of specific name: minutiflora: with very small flowers
Habitat: Margins of forest and swamps or wet places in grassland.
Altitude range: (metres) 900 - 2100 m
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Worldwide distribution: Cameroon, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,E,S
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Images last updated: Sunday 23 September 2007

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 59.

Jeffrey, C. (1978). Cucurbitaceae Flora Zambesiaca 4 Pages 481 - 483.

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 39.

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 91.

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Flora of Malawi: Zehneria minutiflora
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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Zehneria minutiflora
African Plant Database: Zehneria minutiflora
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JSTOR Plant Science: Zehneria minutiflora
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Zehneria minutiflora
Plants of the World Online: Zehneria minutiflora
Tropicos: Zehneria minutiflora
Wikipedia: Zehneria minutiflora

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: Zehneria minutiflora.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=157020, retrieved 13 July 2024

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