Hippocratea pallens Planch. ex Oliv.

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Hippocratea pallens

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Pande, Inhassoro District.

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Synonyms: Apodostigma pallens (Oliv.) R. Wilczek
Hippocratea buchholzii Loes.
Hippocratea chariensis A. Chev.
Hippocratea oliverana Hutch. & Moss.
Hippocratea pallens Planch. ex Oliv. var. keniensis Loes.
Hippocratea verdickii De Wild.
Common names:
Status: Native
Climbing shrub or liane, hairless and without lenticels. Stems smooth, greyish-brown, slightly 4-lined when young but otherwise terete. Leaves oblong, elliptic-ovate or obovate, 3.5-9.5 cm long, thinly textured to slightly leathery, decurrent at the base, midrib and 4-6 lateral veins flat or slightly prominent on both surfaces; margin entire to undulate or glandular serrulate; petiole 5-14 mm long. Stipules broadly triangular, 0.2-0.5 mm long, fimbriate and not united. Flowers numerous, small, in branched axillary heads; peduncles and inflorescence branches 4-angled. Sepals greenish; petals green or white to yellow or orange, 1-1.5 mm long. Mericarps narrowly oblong, c. 3 cm long, flattened, green tinged purple-brown.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In lowland rainforest, dense deciduous woodland and thickets.
Altitude range: 0 - 1500 m
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Worldwide distribution: Widespread from Senegal to Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Angola.
Mozambique distribution: N,Z,MS,GI
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Content last updated: Thursday 18 August 2016

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Robson, N.K.B. (1966). Celastraceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(2) Pages 407 - 417. (Includes a picture).

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Hippocratea pallens.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=137170, retrieved 3 October 2023

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