Coccinia adoensis (A. Rich.) Cogn.

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Coccinia adoensis

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Nhancuco, lower slopes Mt Gorongosa.

Coccinia adoensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nhancuco, lower slopes Mt Gorongosa.

Coccinia adoensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chitengo Camp, Gorongosa National Park.

Coccinia adoensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nhahomba area, Chimanimani National Reserve

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Synonyms: Coccinia roseiflora Suess.
Momordica adoensis A. Rich.
Common names:
Status: Native
Perennial with annual climbing stems, growing from a tuberiferous rootstock. Leaves are extremely variable, from broadly ovate or pentagonal to deeply palmately 3-5 lobed, margins finely serrate. The leaf surface may be near glabrous, except for scattered hairs along the veins or shortly pubescent throughout. Tendrils simple. Male and female flowers similar but separate on different plants. Fruit ellipsoid, orange-red, surface smooth.
Derivation of specific name: adoensis: from Aden, Arabia
Habitat: Woodland and grassland.
Altitude range: Up to 1900 m
Flowering time:Oct - Jan
Worldwide distribution: Tropical Africa from Ghana east to Sudan and south to South Africa
Mozambique distribution: N,Z,T,MS,GI
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Content last updated: Friday 27 December 2019

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Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2020). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Coccinia adoensis., retrieved 31 October 2020

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