Zehneria thwaitesii (Schweinf.) C. Jeffrey

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Zehneria thwaitesii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Road from Mt Selinda to Espungabera border post

Zehneria thwaitesii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Road from Mt Selinda to Espungabera border post

Zehneria thwaitesii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Road from Mt Selinda to Espungabera border post

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Synonyms: Melothria thwaitesii Schweinf.
Melothria tridactyla Hook. f.
Zehneria tridactyla (Hook. f.) R. & A. Fern.
Common names:
Status: Native
Slender scandent herb with annual stems arising from a perennial rootstock. Leaves variable, ovate to triangular in outline, more or less 3-lobed, finely rough above and on the veins below; margin entire or with a few small teeth. Flowers solitary, unisexual on the same plant, white fading to cream. Fruit 15-45 mm long, spindle-shaped, red when ripe.
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Habitat: Riverine forest
Altitude range: 400 - 1200 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical Africa, Madagascar, Sri Lanka, India.
Malawi distribution: N,S
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Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Saturday 30 August 2014

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 52.

Jeffrey, C. (1978). Cucurbitaceae Flora Zambesiaca 4 Page 483.

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 39.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 45.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 74.

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Flora of Mozambique: Zehneria thwaitesii
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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Zehneria thwaitesii
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Flora Zambesiaca web site: Zehneria thwaitesii
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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Zehneria thwaitesii
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Zehneria thwaitesii
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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: Zehneria thwaitesii.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=157050, retrieved 8 February 2023

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