Momordica cardiospermoides Klotzsch

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Momordica cardiospermoides

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Casa Banana, Sofala Mozambique.

Momordica cardiospermoides

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Casa Banana, Sofala Mozambique.

Momordica cardiospermoides

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Casa Banana, Sofala Mozambique.

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Synonyms: Momordica clematidea Sond.
Common names:
Status: Native
Perennial climber with prostrate or scandent stems up to 10 m long. Tendrils simple or 2-fid. Leaves compound, bipedately 15-17-foliolate, mostly in 3 groups of 5; leaflets mosly hairless with margins sinuate-dentate; median leaflet sometimes more or less deeply 3 lobed. Flowers unisexual on the same plant, solitary, up to 5.5 cm wide; petals unequal, pale yellow to orange-yellow, dark at the base. Male flowers slightly larger than female. Fruit ellipsoid, 5-13 cm long, smooth, bright red when ripe, indehiscent.
Derivation of specific name: cardiospermoides: resembling Cardiospermum, a climbing genus in Sapindaceae, referring to the similarity of the compound leaves.
Habitat: Mainly in woodland and wooded grassland
Altitude range: Up to 1400 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Eswatini and Mpumalanga, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa.
Mozambique distribution: Z,T,MS,GI,M
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Content last updated: Friday 6 April 2012

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 51.

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Jeffrey, C. & Fernandes, R.B. (1986). 80. Cucurbitaceae Flora de Moçambique Junta de Investigaçoes de Ultramar, Centro de Botanica Pages 23 - 24.

Kirby, G. (2013). Wild Flowers of Southeast Botswana Struik Nature, Cape Town South Africa Page 170. (Includes a picture).

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.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 45.

Pooley, E. (1998). A Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Region. Natal Flora Publications Trust. Durban. Pages 80 - 81. (Includes a picture).

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

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Flora of Botswana: Momordica cardiospermoides
Flora of Malawi: Momordica cardiospermoides
Flora of Zambia: Momordica cardiospermoides
Flora of Zimbabwe: Momordica cardiospermoides

External websites:

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

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 cardiospermoides., retrieved 21 May 2024

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