Stephania abyssinica (Quart.-Dill. & A. Rich.) Walp.
var. tomentella (Oliv.) Diels

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Stephania abyssinica var. tomentella

Photo: Bart Wursten
Tiger Kloof, Mutare

Stephania abyssinica var. tomentella

Photo: Bart Wursten
Tiger Kloof, Mutare

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Common names:
Status: Native
Twining liane, woody at the base. The leaves are broadly ovate to sub orbicular and strongly peltate; flowers in false compound umbels, axillary, sexes separate but similar. This variety is distinguished by the tomentose young branchlets, petioles, undersides of leaves and inflorescences. See var. abyssinica for comparison and fruits.
Derivation of specific name: abyssinica: of Abyssinia (Ethiopia)
tomentella: finely tomentose or woolly
Habitat: In open and wooded grassland, preferring moist and shady places near rivers or swamps.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Oct - Jun
Worldwide distribution: From Cameroun to Ethiopia and south to the Eastern Cape, South Africa.
Malawi distribution: ?
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Endemic status:
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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 88.

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 62.

Troupin, G. (1960). Menispermaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(1) Pages 162 - 171. (Includes a picture).

Troupin, G. (1962). Monographie des Menispermaceae africaines Mémoires in-8° Nouvelle série XIII-2 Académie royale des Sciences d'Outre-Mer Pages 246 - 255.

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Flora of Mozambique: Stephania abyssinica var. tomentella
Flora of Zimbabwe: Stephania abyssinica var. tomentella

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Stephania abyssinica
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Stephania abyssinica
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Tropicos: Stephania abyssinica
Wikipedia: Stephania abyssinica

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Malawi: Species information: Stephania abyssinica var. tomentella., retrieved 23 April 2024

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