Hippocratea parvifolia Oliv.

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Synonyms: Elachyptera parvifolia (Oliv.) N. Hallé
Hippocratea indica (Willd.) N. Hallé var. parvifolia (N.E. Br.) Blakelock
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Status: Native
Scandent shrub or small tree, up to 4.5 m high, sometimes a true liane. Young branchlets grey-green to purplish, finely pubescent; older stems very rough, revealing bright orange underbark when scratched. Leaves opposite, oblong or elliptic, glossy green, hairless; margins entire or shallowly glandular-toothed. Flowers in axillary clusters, yellow-green. Fruit 1-3 paddle-shaped carpels, green to pale brown smooth. Seeds winged.
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Derivation of specific name: parvifolia: with small leaves
Habitat: In dry woodland and thicket
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Flowering time:Dec - Mar
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical Africa and northern South Africa.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,C,E,S
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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 521. (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 412 - 413.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 67. as Reissnatia parvifolia

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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 parvifolia.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=137190, retrieved 17 July 2024

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