Dioscorea quartiniana Hochst. ex A. Rich.

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Dioscorea quartiniana

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Path between Morumbodzi Falls and forested slopes, lower slopes Mt Gorongosa.

Dioscorea quartiniana

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Lower slopes Mt Mabu

Dioscorea quartiniana

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At boundary stream Swanepoel Concession, Cheringoma

Dioscorea quartiniana

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Path between Bunga Camp and Mt Chiuata, northwestern Gorongosa National Park

Dioscorea quartiniana

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Path between Bunga Camp and Mt Chiuata, northwestern Gorongosa National Park

Dioscorea quartiniana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Path between Bunga Camp and Mt Chiuata, northwestern Gorongosa National Park

Dioscorea quartiniana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Path between Bunga Camp and Mt Chiuata, northwestern Gorongosa National Park

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Synonyms: Dioscorea apiculata De Wild.
Dioscorea beccariana Martelli
Dioscorea crinita Hook. f.
Dioscorea dinteri Schinz
Dioscorea excisa R. Knuth
Dioscorea forbesii Baker
Dioscorea schliebenii R. Knuth
Dioscorea stuhlmannii Harms
Common names:
Frequency: Frequent
Status: Native
Description:
Slender perennial climber. Stems wiry, softly hairy. Leaves digitately compound with 5 leaflets, tapering into a thread-like tip. Lfe blades usually folded upwards along the midrib. Flowers in pendulous spikes, ivory-white.
Notes: In low-altitude areas of Mozambique and Tanzania a very different form occurs with very narrowly oblong-elliptic to linear leaflets that are hairless except for some scattered hairs on the veins. This form was once described as Dioscorea schliebenii R. Knuth but is now, despite the considerable differences, not considered taxonomically separate.
Derivation of specific name: quartiniana: named after Richard Quartin-Dillon, botanist
Habitat: In thickets and woodland.
Altitude range: Up to 2000 m
Flowering time:Dec - Feb
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in Subsaharan Africa.
Mozambique distribution: N,Z,T,MS,GI,M
Growth form(s): Climber.
Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Thursday 28 December 2017
Literature:

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 305. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C., Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 13.

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 90. as Dioscorea quartiniana var. quartiniana

Milne-Redhead, E. (1975). Dioscoreaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa Pages 23 - 25.

Pooley, E. (1998). A Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Region. Natal Flora Publications Trust. Durban. Pages 108 - 109. (Includes a picture).

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 79.

White, F., Dowsett-Lemaire, F. & Chapman, J.D. (2001). Evergreen forest flora of Malawi Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Page 97. (Includes a picture).

Wilkin, P. (2009). Dioscoreaceae Flora Zambesiaca 12(2) Pages 131 - 133. (Includes a picture).

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-18

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2018). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Dioscorea quartiniana.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=115430, retrieved 26 April 2018

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