Momordica boivinii Baill.

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Momordica boivinii

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Nhancuco, lower slopes Mt Gorongosa

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Synonyms: Raphanistrocarpus boivinii (Baill.) Cogn.
Raphanocarpus boivinii (Baill.) Chiov.
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Status: Native
Perennial climber with prostrate or scandent stems up to 7.5 m long, growing from a tuberous rootstock. Tendrils simple. Leaves 1.5-7.5 cm long, ovate in outline, unlobed or shallowly 3-5 lobed, somewhat roughly hairy, deeply cordate at the base; margin with sinuate teeth. Flowers unisexual on the same plant; male flowers in pedunculate 2-8-flowered clusters; female flowers solitary; yellow to deep orange, paler on the outside. Fruit narrowly spindle-shaped, 2.5 - 10 cm long green with cream stripes, yellow when ripe.
Derivation of specific name: boivinii: named after Louis Hyacinthe Boivin (1808-1852), a French botanical collector in East Africa, Madagascar and the Mascarenes.
Habitat: In woodland, wooded grassland and riverine fringes, often on sandy soils.
Altitude range: 150 - 1500 m
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Worldwide distribution: From Ethiopia to Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-natal, South Africa and West to Namibia and Angola.
Mozambique distribution: N,Z,MS,M
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Content last updated: Monday 19 December 2011

Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 90 - 91. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 39.

Jeffrey, C. (1978). Cucurbitaceae Flora Zambesiaca 4 Pages 427 - 428.

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 38.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 53.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 74.

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Momordica boivinii., retrieved 19 May 2024

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