Hippocratea indica Willd.

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Hippocratea indica

Picture: Bart Wursten
Along western boundary road, Zambezi National Park.

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Synonyms: Reissantia indica (Willd.) N. Hallé
Common names:
Status: Native
Scrambling shrub or true liane. Young branches characteristically 4-angled with indistinct lenticels. Leaves, obovate to oblong-elliptic, 4-15 cm long, greyish- or yellowish-green, glabrous; apex tapering with a distinct tip, margin shallowly crenate-dentate with glandular teeth. Flowers in terminal and axillary branched heads, very small, yellowish. Fruit with 2 spreading flattened mericarps, oblong to elliptic, each c. 5 cm long, yellow-green, smaller than in most other species in the genus.
Type location:
Derivation of specific name: indica: of India
Habitat: In dry scrub and woodland, particularly Mopane woodland.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Oct - Jan
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in Tropical Africa to Mpumalanga, South Africa. Also in Asia from India, Sri Lanka to Philippines and Timor.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 519. (Includes a picture).

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 255.

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 33.

Robson, N.K.B. (1966). Celastraceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(2) Pages 413 - 414.

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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Hippocratea indica
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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: Hippocratea indica.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=137150, retrieved 25 May 2024

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