Mondia ecornuta (N.E. Br.) Bullock

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Synonyms: Chlorocodon ecornutum N.E. Br.
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Status: Native
Robust climber with stems more than 5 m long. Leaves elliptic to ovate, 9–15 cm long, sometimes cordate at the base, bright green above, paler green beneath; petiole 10–35 mm long. Inflorescences few-flowered, hairless; peduncles 1–3 cm long; pedicels 1–4 cm long. Sepals broadly elliptic to orbicular, 2–3 mm long and wide, hairless, margin sparsely fimbriate. Corolla with tube c. 0.5 mm long; lobes 7–10 mm long, inside papillose, purple, dark maroon, maroon or brownish, outside hairless, pale green to greenish-yellow, sometimes spotted green-maroon. Corona lobes bi-segmented with flap-like lobules 1–2 mm long and wide. Follicles narrowly ellipsoid, 10–12 cm long.
Notes: This species differs from the more common and widespread Mondia whitei in corona lobes with only two segments iso three (only flap-like lateral lobules present, and corniculate or ligulate central lobule absent). It also has broader and more obtuse sepals.
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Habitat: Along edges of coastal scrub, woodland, dense forest or mangrove forest, on coral or limestone outcrops; rarely also more inland.
Altitude range: 0 - 700 m
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Worldwide distribution: Kenya, Tanzania and northern Mozambique.
Mozambique distribution: N
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Goyder, D.J., Gilbert, M.G. & Venter, H.J.T. (2020). Apocynaceae (Part 2) Flora Zambesiaca 7(2) Pages 25 - 27. (Includes a picture).

Venter, H.J.T, Verhoeven, R.L. & Bruyns, P.V. (2009). Morphology and taxonomy of Mondia (Apocynaceae: Periplocoideae) South African Journal of Botany 75 Pages 459 - 460.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Mondia ecornuta
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Mondia ecornuta
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Wikipedia: Mondia ecornuta

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: Mondia ecornuta., retrieved 22 June 2024

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