Merremia quinquefolia (L.) Hallier f.

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Merremia quinquefolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Hysteria Lane, Area 3, Lilongwe

Merremia quinquefolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Hysteria Lane, Area 3, Lilongwe

Merremia quinquefolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Hysteria Lane, Area 3, Lilongwe

Merremia quinquefolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Hysteria Lane, Area 3, Lilongwe

Merremia quinquefolia

Photo: Bart Wursten
Hysteria Lane, Area 3, Lilongwe

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Synonyms: Batatas quinquefolia (L.) Choisy
Convolvulus quinquefolius L.
Ipomoea quinquefolia L.
Common names:
Frequency:
Status: ?Introduced
Description:
Perennial twining herb. Stems slender, scandent, hairless or more or less hairy. Leaves palmate, 3–5-foliolate, hairless; leaflets sessile or almost so, lanceolate, up to 5·3 cm long, lateral leaflets shorter; margins serrate; petiole 0·5–3 cm long, hairless or setose. Inflorescences mostly l-2-flowered; peduncle up to 5·5 cm long, densely papillate-glandular towards the apex; pedicels 5–6 mm long, hairless or with a few glands near the base. Sepals unequal, hairless, oblong-ovate, the 2 outer smaller, 6–7 mm long, the inner 3·8–9·5 mm long. Corolla funnel-shaped, pale yellow, or whitish, 2 cm long, hairless. Capsule subglobose, straw-coloured.
Notes: This species appears not to have been recorded from Malawi before. Its occurrence in very disturbed urban habitat suggests it may be a recent introduction.
Derivation of specific name: quinquefolia: with 5 leaves (leaflets).
Habitat: Disturbed and cultivated ground and roadsides.
Altitude range: 1040 m (approx)
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Its origins appear uncertain. It is known from Tropical America but the type is said to be from Tropical Africa. It is also said to have been introduced in Tanzania, Mozambique and probably Malawi.
Malawi distribution: C
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Friday 9 November 2018
Literature:

Bandeira, S., Bolnick, D. & Barbosa, F. (2007). Wild Flowers of Southern Mozambique Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Maputo, Mozambique Page 172. (Includes a picture).

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 49.

Gonçalves, M.L. (1987). Convolvulaceae Flora Zambesiaca 8(1) Page 39.

Verdcourt, B. (1960). New Convolvulaceae from the Flora Zambesiaca Area Kirkia 1 Pages 29 - 30.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Merremia quinquefolia
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Flora Zambesiaca web site: Merremia quinquefolia
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JSTOR Plant Science: Merremia quinquefolia
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Merremia quinquefolia
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Merremia quinquefolia
The Plant List (version 1.1): Merremia quinquefolia
Tropicos: Merremia quinquefolia


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-18

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2018). Flora of Malawi: Species information: Merremia quinquefolia.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=172670, retrieved 17 December 2018

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