Peponium chirindense (Baker f.) Cogn.

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Peponium chirindense

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mutucuto River crossing, footpath from Muwawa to Zomba

Peponium chirindense

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mevumodzi River downstream from gorge, lower Chimanimani Mts.

Peponium chirindense

Photo: Bart Wursten
Lower slopes Mt Shangani, eastern Chimanimani Madzundzu Community.

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Synonyms: Peponia chirindensis Baker f.
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Status: Native
Robust climber, up to 8 m, reaching high into the trees, rarely prostrate along the ground or over low vegetation. Stout tendrils present. Leaves dark green rough and leathery, glabrous except for the veins, broadly ovate, 3-5 lobed; lobes triangular, acuminate with coarsely dentate margins. Flowers unisexual on different plants. Male flowers in racemes; female flowers solitary, pale to bright yellow. Fruit ovoid-oblong, up to 15 cm.
Derivation of specific name: chirindense: of the Chirinda Forest.
Habitat: A species of evergreen forest edges and clearings, wet grasland or bracken scrub.
Altitude range: 600 - 1800 m
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Worldwide distribution: Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.
Mozambique distribution: Z,MS
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Content last updated: Friday 4 September 2015

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 43.

Jeffrey, C. (1978). Cucurbitaceae Flora Zambesiaca 4 Pages 492 - 494. (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 39.

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

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 91.

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Flora of Malawi: Peponium chirindense
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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Peponium chirindense
African Plant Database: Peponium chirindense
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Peponium chirindense
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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: Peponium chirindense., retrieved 30 November 2023

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