Cardiospermum corindum L.

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Cardiospermum corindum

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Cardiospermum corindum

Picture: Barbara Schneider

Cardiospermum corindum

Picture: Barbara Schneider

Cardiospermum corindum

Picture: Barbara Schneider

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Synonyms: Cardiospermum alatum Bremek. & Oberm.
Cardiospermum pechuelii Kuntze
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Status: Native
Annual herbaceous climber. Leaves pinnate to biternate; leaflets up to c. 4 × 2 cm, lowest pair ternate, bright green above, grey-green below, finely velvety; margin scalloped to lobed. Flowers white to creamy yellow, 4-6 mm long, in axillary branched many-flowered heads; peduncle c. 6 cm long, with paired coiled tendrils below the flowers. Fruit a membranous, inflated capsule, 2-3.5 cm long, 3-angled. Seed 5 mm in diameter, with a kidney-shaped, white reniform hilum.
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Habitat: In riverine fringes and dry deciduous woodland and scrub.
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Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical and subtropical regions but in our area confined mainly to the Limpopo, Runde-Save and Upper Zambezi river valleys.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): B,C
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Lk,W
Growth form(s): Climber.
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Content last updated: Wednesday 18 March 2020

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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 107.

Exell, A.W. (1966). Sapindaceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(2) Pages 509 - 511.

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 76.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 95.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 100.

Steedman, E.C. (1933). Some Trees, Shrubs and Lianes of Southern Rhodesia. Page 43.

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Flora of Botswana: Cardiospermum corindum
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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Cardiospermum corindum
African Plant Database: Cardiospermum corindum
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Cardiospermum corindum
Plants of the World Online: Cardiospermum corindum
Tropicos: Cardiospermum corindum
Wikipedia: Cardiospermum corindum

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: Cardiospermum corindum., retrieved 19 July 2024

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