Cyclantheropsis parviflora (Cogn.) Harms

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Cyclantheropsis parviflora

Photo: Bart Wursten
Umvumvumvu River gorge

Cyclantheropsis parviflora

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along path to rooms 1-4, Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge.

Cyclantheropsis parviflora

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along path to rooms 1-4, Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge.

Cyclantheropsis parviflora

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along path to rooms 1-4, Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge.

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Synonyms: Gerrardanthus parviflorus (Cogn.) Harms
Common names:
Status: Native
Perennial climber, stems becoming woody when old. Leaves ovate to reniform, cordate, semi-succulent, sometimes shallowly 3-5 lobed. Inflorescences axillary, unisexual, male flowers in many-flowered inflorescences, female inflorescences few-flowered, greenish-yellow. Fruit oblong, leathery, flattened, winged, brownish when ripe.
Notes: A very striking and unusual species; the fruits not immediately suggesting Cucurbitaceae.
Derivation of specific name: parviflora: small-flowered
Habitat: In hot deciduous woodland and thickets.
Altitude range: 200 - 900 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Eastern and southern tropical Africa from Ethiopia south to Angola
Malawi distribution: S
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Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 18.

Golding, J.S. (ed.) (2002). Zimbabwe Plant Red Data List. Southern African Plant Red Data Lists. SABONET 14 Page 163.

Jeffrey, C. (1978). Cucurbitaceae Flora Zambesiaca 4 Pages 497 - 499. (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 38.

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Flora of Mozambique: Cyclantheropsis parviflora
Flora of Zambia: Cyclantheropsis parviflora
Flora of Zimbabwe: Cyclantheropsis parviflora

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Cyclantheropsis parviflora
African Plant Database: Cyclantheropsis parviflora
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Cyclantheropsis parviflora
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Cyclantheropsis parviflora
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Cyclantheropsis parviflora
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Cyclantheropsis parviflora
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Cyclantheropsis parviflora
JSTOR Plant Science: Cyclantheropsis parviflora
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Cyclantheropsis parviflora
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Cyclantheropsis parviflora
Plants of the World Online: Cyclantheropsis parviflora
Tropicos: Cyclantheropsis parviflora
Wikipedia: Cyclantheropsis parviflora

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: Cyclantheropsis parviflora., retrieved 30 March 2023

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