Adenia lobata (Jacq.) Engl.
subsp. rumicifolia (Engl. & Harms) Lye

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Adenia lobata subsp. rumicifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Chalet 2, Chirinda Forest

Adenia lobata subsp. rumicifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Campsite, Chirinda Forest

Adenia lobata subsp. rumicifolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Campsite, Chirinda Forest

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Synonyms: Adenia rumicifolia Engl. & Harms var. rumicifolia
Common names:
Woody climber. Stems often 3-5-angled. Tendrils simple, axillary. Leaves ovate to almost round, up to c. 18 × 12 cm, shiny dark green above, paler below, 3-7-veined from near the base, hairless; apex pointed to rounded; base shallowly cordate, sometimes with 2 hastate lobes; 2 fleshy glands, c. 3 mm wide, are present on the petiole at the base of the lamina. Flowers unisexual, in c. 10-flowered axillary heads, creamy yellow. Fruit a capsule, up to 6 × 3 cm, blackish when dry.
Derivation of specific name: lobata: lobed, referring to the basal lobes on the leaves, which are not always present
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Worldwide distribution: Zambia, Angola, D. R. Congo, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe; tropical West and East Africa.
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Growth form(s): Climber, liane.
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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 223. as Adenia rumicifolia (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 648. (Includes a picture).

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 262. As Adenia rumicifolia rumicifolia

Fernandes, R. & A. (1978). Passifloraceae Flora Zambesiaca 4 Pages 393 - 395. As Adenia rumicifolia rumicifolia

Fernandes, R. & A. (1980). 79. Passiforaceae Flora de Moçambique Junta de Investigaçoes de Ultramar, Centro de Botanica Pages 22 - 23. as Adenia lobata subsp. rumicifolia

Steedman, E.C. (1933). Some Trees, Shrubs and Lianes of Southern Rhodesia. Page 53. as Adenia lobata

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Flora of Mozambique: Adenia lobata subsp. rumicifolia
Flora of Zambia: Adenia lobata subsp. rumicifolia
Flora of Zimbabwe: Adenia lobata subsp. rumicifolia

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Adenia lobata
African Plant Database: Adenia lobata
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Adenia lobata
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Adenia lobata
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Adenia lobata
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Adenia lobata
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Adenia lobata
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Adenia lobata
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Adenia lobata
Ispot Southern Africa: Adenia lobata
JSTOR Plant Science: Adenia lobata
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Adenia lobata
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Adenia lobata
The Plant List (version 1.1): Adenia lobata
Tropicos: Adenia lobata

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Malawi: Species information: Adenia lobata subsp. rumicifolia., retrieved 24 May 2019

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