Adenia digitata (Harv.) Engl.

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Adenia digitata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chitengo Camp, Gorongosa National Park

Adenia digitata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chitengo Camp, Gorongosa National Park

Adenia digitata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chitengo Camp, Gorongosa National Park

Adenia digitata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chitengo Camp, Gorongosa National Park

Adenia digitata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along EN1 near turn-off to Gorongosa National Park

Adenia digitata

Photo: Stefaan Dondeyne
Along track up Serra Vumba, Manica

Adenia digitata

Photo: Stefaan Dondeyne
Along track up Serra Vumba, Manica

Adenia digitata

Photo: Stefaan Dondeyne
Along track up Serra Vumba, Manica

Adenia digitata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Inhamitanga Forest, Cheringoma

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Synonyms: Adenia senensis (Klotzsch) Engl.
Clemanthus senensis Klotzsch
Modacca digitata Harv.
Common names: Wild granadilla (English)
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Herbaceous climber with long stems growing from a large, fleshy, underground tuber. Leaves variable, deeply 3-5 lobed or even 3-5-foliolate, upto 18 cm long and wide, lobes/leaflets narrow or wide, entire or more or less deeply lobed again, thinly textured to leathery, grey-green, often much paler below; petiole 1-9 cm long; 2 glands at the base of the leaf 0.5-1,5 mm wide on two separate auricles 1-2 mm wide. Inflorescences axillary, few-flowered, often ending in a curled tendril. Fruits fleshy, ellipsoid to spherical, green, sometimes with pale yellowish stripes, orange-yellow when ripe.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: digitata : divided into lobes or leaflets like the fingers on a hand
Habitat: In woodland, scrub, grassland and along margins of forest, often on termite mounds or in rocky places
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Sep - Nov
Worldwide distribution: Angola, Botswana, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Swaziland and South Africa
Mozambique distribution: N,Z,T,MS,M
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
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Content last updated: Saturday 12 May 2018
Literature:

Chapano, C., Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 3.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 262.

Fernandes, R. & A. (1978). Passifloraceae Flora Zambesiaca 4 Pages 400 - 401.

Fernandes, R. & A. (1980). 79. Passiforaceae Flora de Moçambique Junta de Investigaçoes de Ultramar, Centro de Botanica Pages 33 - 34.

Kirby, G. (2013). Wild Flowers of Southeast Botswana Struik Nature, Cape Town South Africa Page 100. (Includes a picture).

Pickering, H. & Roe, E. (2009). Wild Flowers of the Victoria Falls Area Helen Pickering, London Page 90. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 91.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 143.

Other sources of information about Adenia digitata:

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Flora of Botswana: Adenia digitata
Flora of Malawi: Adenia digitata
Flora of Zambia: Adenia digitata
Flora of Zimbabwe: Adenia digitata

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Adenia digitata
African Plant Database: Adenia digitata
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Adenia digitata
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Adenia digitata
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Adenia digitata
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Adenia digitata
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Adenia digitata
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Adenia digitata
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Adenia digitata
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Adenia digitata
JSTOR Plant Science: Adenia digitata
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Adenia digitata
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Adenia digitata
The Plant List (version 1.1): Adenia digitata
Tropicos: Adenia digitata


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: Adenia digitata.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=141040, retrieved 22 May 2018

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