Combretum kirkii M.A. Lawson

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Synonyms: Combretum menyhartii Engl. & Diels
Common names: Large-fruited climbing combretum (English)
Large woody liane. Bark rough and flaking with bumps along the stems. Leaves opposite, obovate-elliptic to narrowly elliptic bright green, hairless, with 5-7 pairs of lateral veins; margin entire, sometimes slightly wavy. Flowers cream to pale yellow, in spikes. Fruit large, up to 55 × 45 mm, 4-winged.
Derivation of specific name: kirkii: named after Dr John Kirk, who accompanied David Livingstone on his Zambezi expedition of 1858
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Flowering time:Nov - Dec
Worldwide distribution: Confined to the Zambezi Valley: Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe
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 672. (Includes a picture).

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 263.

Exell, A.W. (1978). Combretaceae Flora Zambesiaca 4 Page 116.

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 35.

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Malawi: Species information: Combretum kirkii., retrieved 8 December 2023

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