Zehneria scabra (L.f.) Sond.
subsp. argyrea (A. Zimm.) C. Jeffrey
var. chirindensis C. Jeffrey

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Zehneria scabra subsp. argyrea var. chirindensis

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Zehneria scabra subsp. argyrea var. chirindensis

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Common names:
Status: Native
Scandent herb with annual stems arising from a perennial rootstock. It differs in the slightly longer, ellipsoid fruits, which are spherical in subsp. argyrea var. argyrea. The taxonomy of this variety may need further investigation. See Zehneria scabra subsp. scabra for comparison.
Notes: In SRGH, there is a further specimen (Muller & R.D. Kelly 1247) labelled as var. chirindensis, collected from the "southern tip Chimanimani Mts. On slopes above Haroni-Markuripini Forest. In woodland". However, the fruits appear to be spherical, implying it is var. argyrea.
Derivation of specific name: scabra: scabrid or rough
Habitat: In clearings and along the forest margins
Altitude range: (metres) 1100 m (approx)
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Known only from the Chirinda Forest, Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s):
Endemic status: Endemic
Red data list status: Vulnerable
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Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 59.

Golding, J.S. (ed.) (2002). Zimbabwe Plant Red Data List. Southern African Plant Red Data Lists. SABONET 14 Page 164.

Jeffrey, C. (1978). Cucurbitaceae Flora Zambesiaca 4 Pages 478 - 479.

Mapaura, A. (2002). Endemic Plant Species of Zimbabwe. Kirkia 18(1) Page 137.

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.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Zehneria scabra
African Plant Database: Zehneria scabra
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Zehneria scabra
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Zehneria scabra
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Zehneria scabra
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Zehneria scabra
JSTOR Plant Science: Zehneria scabra
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Zehneria scabra
Plants of the World Online: Zehneria scabra
Tropicos: Zehneria scabra
Wikipedia: Zehneria scabra

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 scabra subsp. argyrea var. chirindensis.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=157040, retrieved 28 February 2024

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