Mikania sp.

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Mikania sp.

Photo: Bart Wursten
Vumba rd nr Eagle School Junction

Mikania sp.

Photo: Bart Wursten
Vumba rd nr Eagle School Junction

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Common names:
Status: Native
Perennial, climbing or trailing, twining herbs. Leaves opposite, triangular-ovate, less than 3 times as long as wide; base cordate sometimes with auriculate lobes; margin shallowly crenate-serrate. Florets white, in cylindric capitula, together forming axillary, congested branched heads on peduncles 2-4 cm.
Notes: See note under the genus description of Mikania.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: Often in riverine vegetation and along margins of evergreen forest and in moist woodland.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Apparently widespread in tropical Africa, South Africa, Madagascar and Comoro Islands.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Dowsett-Lemaire, F. (1989). The flora and phytogeography of the evergreen forests of Malawi. I: Afromontane and mid-altitude forests; Bull. Jard. Bot. Nat. Belg. 59(1/2) Page 24. As Mikania cordata

Timberlake, J.R., Bayliss, J., Dowsett-Lemaire, F., Congdon, C., Branch, B., Collins, S., Curran, M., Dowsett, R,J., Fishpool, L., Francisco, J., Harris, Kopp, M. & de Sousa, C. (2012). Mt Mabu, Mozambique: Biodiversity and Conservation Report produced under the Darwin Initiative Award 15/036. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London Page 72.

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Flora of Botswana: Mikania sp.
Flora of Caprivi: Mikania sp.
Flora of Malawi: Mikania sp.
Flora of Mozambique: Mikania sp.
Flora of Zambia: Mikania sp.

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Mikania sp.
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Mikania sp.
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Mikania sp.
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Mikania sp.
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Mikania sp.
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Mikania sp.
JSTOR Plant Science: Mikania sp.
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Mikania sp.
Plants of the World Online: Mikania sp.
Tropicos: Mikania sp.
Wikipedia: Mikania sp.

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Mikania sp..
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=231030, retrieved 5 June 2023

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