Merremia quinquefolia (L.) Hallier f.

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Merremia quinquefolia

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Munavalate, Vilanculos Distr., Inhambane, Mozambique

Merremia quinquefolia

Photo: Sune Holt
Munavalate, Vilanculos Distr., Inhambane, Mozambique

Merremia quinquefolia

Photo: Sune Holt
Munavalate, Vilanculos Distr., Inhambane, Mozambique

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Synonyms: Batatas quinquefolia (L.) Choisy
Convolvulus quinquefolius L.
Ipomoea quinquefolia L.
Common names:
Status: ?Introduced
Perennial twining herb. Stems slender, scandent, hairless or more or less hairy. Leaves palmate, 3–5-foliolate, hairless; leaflets sessile or almost so, lanceolate, up to 5·3 cm long, lateral leaflets shorter; margins serrate; petiole 0·5–3 cm long, hairless or setose. Inflorescences mostly l-2-flowered; peduncle up to 5·5 cm long, densely papillate-glandular towards the apex; pedicels 5–6 mm long, hairless or with a few glands near the base. Sepals unequal, hairless, oblong-ovate, the 2 outer smaller, 6–7 mm long, the inner 3·8–9·5 mm long. Corolla funnel-shaped, pale yellow, or whitish, 2 cm long, hairless. Capsule subglobose, straw-coloured.
Notes: See note under distribution.
Derivation of specific name: quinquefolia: with 5 leaves (leaflets).
Habitat: Disturbed and cultivated ground and roadsides.
Altitude range: 25 - 600 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Its origins appear uncertain. It is known from Tropical America but the type is said to be from Tropical Africa. It is also said to have been introduced in Tanzania, Mozambique and probably Malawi.
Mozambique distribution: N,Z,MS,GI,M
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Sunday 28 September 2014

Bandeira, S., Bolnick, D. & Barbosa, F. (2007). Wild Flowers of Southern Mozambique Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Maputo, Mozambique Page 172. (Includes a picture).

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 49.

Gonçalves, M.L. (1987). Convolvulaceae Flora Zambesiaca 8(1) Page 39.

Verdcourt, B. (1960). New Convolvulaceae from the Flora Zambesiaca Area Kirkia 1 Pages 29 - 30.

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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: Merremia quinquefolia., retrieved 3 March 2024

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