Hewittia malabarica (L.) Suresh

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Hewittia malabarica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Zonwe Dam, Vumba

Hewittia malabarica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Zona Tea Estates, near Mt Selinda

Hewittia malabarica

Photo: Bart Wursten
By Vumba main road near Cloudlands, Vumba.

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Synonyms: Hewittia bicolor (Vahl) Wight & Arn.
Hewittia scandens (Milne) Mabb.
Hewittia sublobata (L.f.) Kuntze
Shutereia bicolor (Vahl) Choisy
Common names:
Status: Native
Prostrate or twining perennial herb. Leaves oblong or ovate, up to 14 cm long, variably cordate or hastate at the base, velvety or hairy on both surfaces; margin entire or dentate. Flowers in 1-3-flowered clusters. Corolla pale yellow or whitish with a dark purple-red centre. Capsule depressed-spherical to almost square, hairy, crowned with the persistent style.
Notes: Several species in the genus Merremia may also have similarly coloured flowers. They can be distinguished by the leaves which are always pinnately or palmately lobed or compound.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In grassland, scrub, along forest margins, roadsides and as a weed of cultivated areas.
Altitude range: Up to 1830 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical Africa, Asia and, Polynesia. Apparently naturalised in Jamaica.
Malawi distribution: N,C,S
Growth form(s): Climber, perennial.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
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Bandeira, S., Bolnick, D. & Barbosa, F. (2007). Wild Flowers of Southern Mozambique Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Maputo, Mozambique Pages 120 - 121. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 31.

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 47.

Gonçalves, M.L. (1987). Convolvulaceae Flora Zambesiaca 8(1) Pages 31 - 32. as Hewittia scandens (Includes a picture).

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 36. as Hewittia scandens

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 43.

Pooley, E. (1998). A Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Region. Natal Flora Publications Trust. Durban. Pages 302 - 303. (Includes a picture).

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 71. as Hewittia scandens

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Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Hewittia malabarica
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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Hewittia malabarica
African Plant Database: Hewittia malabarica
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Hewittia malabarica
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Hewittia malabarica
JSTOR Plant Science: Hewittia malabarica
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Hewittia malabarica
Plants of the World Online: Hewittia malabarica
Tropicos: Hewittia malabarica
Wikipedia: Hewittia malabarica

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: Hewittia malabarica.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=147330, retrieved 15 July 2024

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