Tiliacora funifera (Miers) Oliv.

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Tiliacora funifera

Luangwa Valley;
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Tiliacora funifera

Nov 2012
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Tiliacora funifera

South Luangwa National Park;
Sep 2012
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Tiliacora funifera

Sep 2012
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Tiliacora funifera

Apr 2008
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Synonyms: Hypserpa funifera Miers
Common names:
Status: Native
Robust woody liane. Leaves more or less broadly ovate to ovate-oblong, 3-5-veined from the base, dark green, hairless or very sparely hairy below; apex tapering to rounded or acuminate with a distinct drip tip; margin entire; petiole with a swelling and a bend below the blade. Flowers in clusters on the old stems, unisexual on different plants, white, c. 2.5 mm in diameter. Fruit obovoid to nearly spherical, c. 6 mm in diameter.
Type location:
Derivation of specific name: funifera: rope-like, referring to the climbing stems
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Aug - Oct
Worldwide distribution: Tropical Africa to Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,C,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Mc,C,Lk
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Endemic status:
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Insects associated with this species: Eudocima materna (Larval foodplant)
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Content last updated: Monday 9 November 2015

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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-24

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2024). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Tiliacora funifera.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=123700, retrieved 4 March 2024

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