Momordica boivinii Baill.

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Momordica boivinii

Picture: Bart Wursten
Greystone Park NR, Harare

Momordica boivinii

Picture: Bart Wursten
Greystone Park NR, Harare

Momordica boivinii

Picture: Bart Wursten
Tributary of Kame River, by road to Khami Ruins

Momordica boivinii

Picture: Bart Wursten
Tributary of Kame River, by road to Khami Ruins

Momordica boivinii

Picture: Bart Wursten
Tributary of Kame River, by road to Khami Ruins

Momordica boivinii

Picture: Bart Wursten
C. 4 km east of Madziwa Mine

Momordica boivinii

Picture: Bart Wursten
C. 4 km east of Madziwa Mine

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Synonyms: Raphanistrocarpus boivinii (Baill.) Cogn.
Raphanocarpus boivinii (Baill.) Chiov.
Common names:
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Perennial climber with prostrate or scandent stems up to 7.5 m long, growing from a tuberous rootstock. Tendrils simple. Leaves 1.5-7.5 cm long, ovate in outline, unlobed or shallowly 3-5 lobed, somewhat roughly hairy, deeply cordate at the base; margin with sinuate teeth. Flowers unisexual on the same plant; male flowers in pedunculate 2-8-flowered clusters; female flowers solitary; yellow to deep orange, paler on the outside. Fruit narrowly spindle-shaped, 2.5 - 10 cm long green with cream stripes, yellow when ripe.
Type location:
Kenya
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: boivinii: named after Louis Hyacinthe Boivin (1808-1852), a French botanical collector in East Africa, Madagascar and the Mascarenes.
Habitat: In woodland, wooded grassland and riverine fringes, often on sandy soils.
Altitude range: 150 - 1500 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: From Ethiopia to Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-natal, South Africa and West to Namibia and Angola.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): E
Zambian distribution (Provinces): E
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Monday 19 December 2011
Literature:

Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 90 - 91. (Includes a picture).

Jeffrey, C. (1978). Cucurbitaceae Flora Zambesiaca 4 Pages 427 - 428.

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.

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

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 74.

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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-19

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2019). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Momordica boivinii.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=157170, retrieved 25 April 2019

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