Ipomoea shirambensis Baker

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Ipomoea shirambensis

Photo: Kathy Sheppard
Thawale, Majete Wildlife Reserve

Ipomoea shirambensis

Photo: Kathy Sheppard
Thawale, Majete Wildlife Reserve

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Common names: Zambezi morning-glory (English)
Status: Native
Perennial woody climber, usually flowering when entirely leafless. Leaves in fascicles on new shoots, heart-shaped, up to c. 8 × 5 cm, hairless or more or less pubescent. Flowers in dense clusters on the older shoots, funnel-shaped white to pale mauve-pink, dark purple-pink in the centre. Capsule ovoid, hairless, tipped by the persistent style.
Derivation of specific name: shirambensis: of Shiramba in the Lower Zambezi valley, Mozambique, where the type was collected.
Habitat: In sandy soils in dry deciduous woodland and bush.
Altitude range: Up to 1400 m
Flowering time:Aug - Oct
Worldwide distribution: Botswana, Caprivi - Namibia, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe and northern South Africa.
Malawi distribution: N,S
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Content last updated: Thursday 16 July 2020

Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 118 - 119. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 34.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 271.

Fabian, A. & Germishuizen, G. (1997). Wild Flowers of Northern South Africa. Fernwood Press, Vlaeburg. Pages 336 - 337. (Includes a picture).

Gonçalves, M.L. (1987). Convolvulaceae Flora Zambesiaca 8(1) Pages 114 - 116.

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 161. (Includes a picture).

Jacobsen, W.B.G. (1973). A checklist and discussion of the flora of a portion of the Lomagundi District, Rhodesia. Kirkia 9(1) Page 171.

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.

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

Plowes, D.C.H. & Drummond, R.B. (1990). Wild Flowers of Zimbabwe. Revised edition. Longman, Zimbabwe. No. 98, plate 133

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 51.

Steedman, E.C. (1933). Some Trees, Shrubs and Lianes of Southern Rhodesia. Page 71. As Ipomoea species (I. shirambensis most likely referred to here)

Timberlake, J.R. & Childes, S.L. (2004). Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Technical Reviews Volume Two (Chapter 5-15) Appendix 5-1: Plant Checklist Occasional Publications in Biodiversity 15 Page 204.

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Flora of Botswana: Ipomoea shirambensis
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Flora of Zimbabwe: Ipomoea shirambensis

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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: Ipomoea shirambensis.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=147970, retrieved 21 February 2024

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