Mukia maderaspatana (L.) M. Roem.

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Mukia maderaspatana

Picture: Bart Wursten
Near the end of Fenella Drive, Monavale Vlei

Mukia maderaspatana

Picture: Bart Wursten
Near the end of Fenella Drive, Monavale Vlei

Mukia maderaspatana

Picture: Mark Hyde
National Botanic Garden, Harare

Mukia maderaspatana

Picture: Mark Hyde
National Botanic Garden, Harare

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Synonyms: Bryonia cordifolia L.
Bryonia scabrella L.
Coccinia cordifolia (L.) Cogn.
Cucumis maderaspatanus L.
Melothria maderaspatana (L.) Cogn.
Mukia scabrella (L.) Arn.
Common names:
Status: Native
Prostrate or climbing herb. Stems, leaves and tendrils with rough, whitish hairs. The leaves are variable, broadly ovate to triangular or palmately 3(-5) lobed, margin serrate. Flowers small, yellow in axillary clusters. Fruit globose, 6-11 mm in diameter, smooth and hairless, green with paler stripes when young, bright red when ripe.
Type location:
Derivation of specific name: maderaspatana: from the Madras region of India
Habitat: A climber of damp places in woodland, grassland and riverine margins.
Altitude range: Up to 1500 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Throughout the Old World Tropics including New Guinea and Australia.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): B,N,W,C,E,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw,N,E,Lk,S,W
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
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Content last updated: Tuesday 16 June 2015

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 245. (Includes a picture).

Jeffrey, C. (1978). Cucurbitaceae Flora Zambesiaca 4 Pages 475 - 477. (Includes a picture).

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 38.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 45.

Pooley, E. (1998). A Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Region. Natal Flora Publications Trust. Durban. Pages 78 - 79. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 53.

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Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2020). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Mukia maderaspatana., retrieved 19 January 2020

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