Raphidiocystis chrysocoma (Schumach.) C. Jeffrey

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Raphidiocystis chrysocoma

Photo: Stefaan Dondeyne
Tava marsh, Moribane forest, Mozambique

Raphidiocystis chrysocoma

Photo: Stefaan Dondeyne
Tava marsh, Moribane forest, Mozambique

Raphidiocystis chrysocoma

Photo: Stefaan Dondeyne
Tava marsh, Moribane forest, Mozambique

Raphidiocystis chrysocoma

Photo: Stefaan Dondeyne
Chimanimani conservation area, in Zomba community land, along Muvumodzi stream

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Synonyms: Cucumis chrysocomus Schumach.
Raphidiocystis caillei Hutch & Dalziel
Raphidiocystis welwitschii Hook. f.
Common names:
Frequency: Very rare and local in Zimbabwe.
Status: Native
Climbing herb. Stems up to 6 m long with simple tendrils. Leaves simple, ovate in outline, up to 13 × 9 cm leaflets, unlobed to shallowly 3-5-lobed, cordate at the base, variously hairy; margin with widely separated small teeth. Flowers unisexual, yellow; male flowers in 4-6-flowered clusters, female clusters 1-2-flowered on longer peduncles. Fruit subspherical to ellipsoid, up to 5 × 3.5 cm, densely covered with long spreading, reddish-yellow to reddish-brown bristles.
Notes: Only known from one record on the Rusitu River (Wild 5734, 24-03-1962, COI, K, SRGH).
Derivation of specific name: chrysocoma: with golden hair (referring to the fruits)
Habitat: Occurring in riverine and evergreen forest.
Altitude range: (metres) 300 m (approx)
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: From Guinée to Togo, Angola, DRC, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
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Images last updated: Saturday 8 August 2009

Jeffrey, C. (1978). Cucurbitaceae Flora Zambesiaca 4 Pages 440 - 442. (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 39.


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-18

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2018). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Raphidiocystis chrysocoma.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=157440, retrieved 22 February 2018

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