Lagenaria breviflora (Benth.) Roberty

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Lagenaria breviflora

Photo: Bart Wursten
Road from Nyahode River to Chimanimani

Lagenaria breviflora

Photo: Bart Wursten
Road from Nyahode River to Chimanimani

Lagenaria breviflora

Photo: Bart Wursten
Road from Nyahode River to Chimanimani

Lagenaria breviflora

Photo: Bart Wursten
Road from Nyahode River to Chimanimani

Lagenaria breviflora

Photo: Bart Wursten
Road from Nyahode River to Chimanimani

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Synonyms: Adenopus breviflorus Benth.
Common names:
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Perennial climber with annual stems up to 6 m long, sparsely to densely velvety, sometimes also with longer hairs. Leaves broadly ovate in outline, 7·5–20 cm long, palmately 3–5-lobed, cordate at the base, glossy green and minutely scabrid above, paler and shortly and sparsely to moderately velvety or scabrid beneath, especially on the veins; margins sinuate-dentate; petiole 1·5–8 cm. long, finely and closely velvety, sometimes also with longer hairs; petiole glands below the base of the leaf-blade prominent. Flowers usually with sexes on different plants; male flowers racemose; peduncle 1–22 cm long; pedicels 0·5–8·5 cm long; calyx-tube 2·5–5 cm long, cylindrical, finely velvety; lobes narrowly linear, 4–9 mm long, often glandular. Petals obovate, 3·5–4 cm long, white. Female flowers on peduncles 2–3 cm long; ovary ellipsoid, c. 15 mm long, hairy; petals similar to those of male flowers. Fruit subglobose, 8–9·5 cm long, smooth, glossy, dark green with small whitish spots and larger whitish patches, especially towards the apex.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: breviflora: with short flowers, an odd reference since the flowers in this species have the longest cylindrical calyx tube.
Habitat: In riverine forest.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1200 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: West and Central tropical Africa from Guinée and Sudan south to Angola, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe; also in Brasil.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
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Images last updated: Tuesday 17 September 2019
Literature:

Jeffrey, C. (1978). Cucurbitaceae Flora Zambesiaca 4 Pages 437 - 439. (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 38.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 45.


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Flora of Malawi: Lagenaria breviflora
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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Lagenaria breviflora
African Plant Database: Lagenaria breviflora
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EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Lagenaria breviflora
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Flora Zambesiaca web site: Lagenaria breviflora
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Lagenaria breviflora
JSTOR Plant Science: Lagenaria breviflora
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Lagenaria breviflora
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Lagenaria breviflora
Plants of the World Online: Lagenaria breviflora
The Plant List (version 1.1): Lagenaria breviflora
Tropicos: Lagenaria breviflora
Wikipedia: Lagenaria breviflora


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: Lagenaria breviflora.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=157370, retrieved 21 October 2019

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