Hippocratea buchananii Loes.

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Hippocratea buchananii

Photo: Bart Wursten
By Umvumvumvu R.

Hippocratea buchananii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chiyire R. bridge, by Mutare to Birchenough Br. rd

Hippocratea buchananii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chiyire R. bridge, by Mutare to Birchenough Br. rd

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Synonyms: Reissantia buchananii (Loes.) N. Hallé
Common names: Velvet paddle-pod (English)
Status: Native
Scrambling shrub or small tree. Most parts densely velvety. Leaves opposite, obovate, to elliptic, yellowish green above, paler below, densely covered in soft, short, fawn-coloured hairs on both surfaces, margins entire, sometimes glandular. Flowers in axillary and terminal branched heads, very small, yellow. Fruit 1-3 paddle-shaped carpels, up to 5 × 2.5 cm, oblong or elliptic, yellowish green, distinctly striated.
Derivation of specific name: buchananii: after John Buchanan (1855 – 1896), Scottish horticulturist, missionary, farmer and plant collector in Malawi, who became Acting British Consul to Central Africa. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Buchanan_(settler).
Habitat: In dry woodland and scrub.
Altitude range: 160 - 1050 m
Flowering time:Oct - Jan
Worldwide distribution: Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Botswana.
Malawi distribution: S
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Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 518. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 32.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 255.

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 33.

Robson, N.K.B. (1966). Celastraceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(2) Pages 407 - 416. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 46. as Reissantia buchananii

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Flora of Botswana: Hippocratea buchananii
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Flora of Mozambique: Hippocratea buchananii
Flora of Zambia: Hippocratea buchananii
Flora of Zimbabwe: Hippocratea buchananii

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Hippocratea buchananii
African Plant Database: Hippocratea buchananii
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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: Hippocratea buchananii.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=137120, retrieved 19 April 2024

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