Momordica anigosantha Hook. f.

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Momordica anigosantha

Photo: Bart Wursten
Catapu, Sofala.

Momordica anigosantha

Photo: Bart Wursten
Catapu, Sofala.

Momordica anigosantha

Photo: Bart Wursten
Catapu, Sofala.

Momordica anigosantha

Photo: Bart Wursten
Catapu, Sofala.

Momordica anigosantha

Photo: Bart Wursten
Catapu, Sofala.

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Status: Native
Description:
Perennial climber with prostrate or scandent stems up to 3 m long. Tendrils 2-fid. Leaves compound, pedately 3-7-foliolate; leaflets ovate or elliptic, unlobed with a somewhat sandpapery surface and finely dentate margins; median leaflet largest, 3.5-11 cm long; lateral leflets smaller, asymmetric at the base. Flowers unisexual on different plants; petals unequal, lower 3 larger than upper 2, cream or yellow with an orange mark at the base. Male flowers c. 4 cm wide, in several to many-flowered axillary inflorescences; female flowers solitary, slightly smaller than male. Fruit fusiform, 4.5-6.5 cm long, beaked, with 8 longitudinal rows of tuberles, bright orange or red when ripe, splitting into 3 valves.
Notes: Please note that the specimen in the photos appears to have some deeply 5-lobed leaves but these belong to a different plant, a species of Corallocarpus, intertwined with it.
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Habitat: In forest and bush.
Altitude range: Up to 600 m
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Worldwide distribution: Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and Mozambique.
Mozambique distribution: N,Z,MS
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Content last updated: Thursday 5 April 2012
Literature:

Jeffrey, C. (1978). Cucurbitaceae Flora Zambesiaca 4 Page 426.

Jeffrey, C. & Fernandes, R.B. (1986). 80. Cucurbitaceae Flora de Moçambique Junta de Investigaçoes de Ultramar, Centro de Botanica Pages 21 - 22.

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External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Momordica anigosantha
African Plant Database: Momordica anigosantha
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Momordica anigosantha
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Momordica anigosantha
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Momordica anigosantha
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Momordica anigosantha
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Momordica anigosantha
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Momordica anigosantha
iNaturalist: Momordica anigosantha
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Momordica anigosantha
JSTOR Plant Science: Momordica anigosantha
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Momordica anigosantha
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Momordica anigosantha
Plants of the World Online: Momordica anigosantha
The Plant List (version 1.1): Momordica anigosantha
Tropicos: Momordica anigosantha
Wikipedia: Momordica anigosantha


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-20

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2020). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Momordica anigosantha.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=167880, retrieved 26 January 2020

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