Kedrostis foetidissima (Jacq.) Cogn.

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Kedrostis foetidissima

Photo: Bart Wursten
SRGH

Kedrostis foetidissima

Photo: Bart Wursten
SRGH

Kedrostis foetidissima

Photo: Bart Wursten
SRGH

Kedrostis foetidissima

Photo: Bart Wursten
SRGH

Kedrostis foetidissima

Photo: Pascal Vittoz
Chobe Enclave, Northern Botswana

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Synonyms: Kedrostis foetidissima (Jacq.) Cogn. subsp. obtusiloba (Sond.) Meeuse
Trichosanthes foetidissima Jacq.
Zehneria obtusiloba Sond.
Common names:
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Herb with prostrate or climbing stems up to 3 m long, growing from a tuberous root. Plant somewht sticky and unpleasantly smelling when crushed. Leaves narrowly to broadly ovate in outline, up to 9 × 10.5 cm, unlobed to 3-5-lobed, cordate at the base, more or less densely and finely rough-hairy on both surfaces; margin very finely toothed; petiole 0.5-5 cm long. Tendrils simple. Flowers unisexual, sometimes together in the same axils. Male flowers 3-15 in axillary clusters or racemes on peduncles 4.5-30 mm long; petals 2-5 mm long, cream, yellow or greenish-yellow. Female flowers solitary; petals 1.5-3 mm long. Fruit ovoid to almost round, 9-13 mm long, sometimes beaked, finely hairy, pale green with darker longitudinal lines, becoming orange to red when ripe.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: foetidissima: very smelly; foetid.
Habitat: In woodland and grassland, often by termite mounds or rivers.
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in the drier regions of tropical Africa, India and Burma.
Botswana distribution: N,SW,SE
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Friday 10 February 2017
Literature:

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 243. (Includes a picture).

Jeffrey, C. (1978). Cucurbitaceae Flora Zambesiaca 4 Pages 486 - 487.

Kirby, G. (2013). Wild Flowers of Southeast Botswana Struik Nature, Cape Town South Africa Page 168. (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.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 53.

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Flora of Caprivi: Kedrostis foetidissima
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Flora of Zambia: Kedrostis foetidissima
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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Kedrostis foetidissima
African Plant Database: Kedrostis foetidissima
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Kedrostis foetidissima
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EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Kedrostis foetidissima
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Flora Zambesiaca web site: Kedrostis foetidissima
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JSTOR Plant Science: Kedrostis foetidissima
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Kedrostis foetidissima
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Kedrostis foetidissima
The Plant List (version 1.1): Kedrostis foetidissima
Tropicos: Kedrostis foetidissima


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-17

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2017). Flora of Botswana: Species information: Kedrostis foetidissima.
http://www.botswanaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=157070, retrieved 27 June 2017

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