Helinus mystacinus (Aiton) E. Mey. ex Steud.

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Helinus mystacinus

Picture: Bart Wursten
Tiger Kloof, Mutare

Helinus mystacinus

Picture: Bart Wursten
Tiger Kloof, Mutare

Helinus mystacinus

Picture: Bart Wursten
Tiger Kloof, Mutare

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Status: Native
Climber with pubescent coiled tendrils. Branches reddish, pubescent. Leaves alternate, ovate; margins entire. Flowers with a distinct pentagonal disk, in axillary umbels, greenish white. Sepals ovate-deltate, pubescent. Petals obovate, rolled around the stamens. Fruit obovoid, pubescent, tuberculate.
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Worldwide distribution: Zambia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe; widely distributed in eastern Africa from Ethiopia to KwaZulu-Natal.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw,N
Growth form(s): Climber, shrub over 2 m.
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Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 234. (Includes a picture).

Drummond, R.B. (1966). Rhamnaceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(2) Pages 436 - 438. (Includes a picture).

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 257.

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 69.

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Flora of Malawi: Helinus mystacinus
Flora of Mozambique: Helinus mystacinus
Flora of Zimbabwe: Helinus mystacinus

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Helinus mystacinus
African Plant Database: Helinus mystacinus
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Helinus mystacinus
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Helinus mystacinus
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Flora Zambesiaca web site: Helinus mystacinus
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Helinus mystacinus
JSTOR Plant Science: Helinus mystacinus
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Helinus mystacinus
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Helinus mystacinus
Plants of the World Online: Helinus mystacinus
Tropicos: Helinus mystacinus
Wikipedia: Helinus mystacinus

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-21

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2021). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Helinus mystacinus.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=137800, retrieved 20 October 2021

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