Cocculus hirsutus (L.) Diels

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Cocculus hirsutus

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Rhino Hotel, Old Runde Bridge, Mwenezi.

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Synonyms: Cocculus villosus DC.
Menispermum hirsutum L.
Menispermum villosum Lam.
Common names:
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Perennial climber, 2-3 m. Leaves 3-5-veined from the base, variable in shape, older leaves often distinctly 3-5-lobed, younger leaves oblong-ovate to somewhat obovate, covered in yellowish velvety hairs, apex with a small sharp mucro. Flowers in axillary clusters, unisexual; sepals densely hairy. Fruit somewhat ellipsoid, c. 4 mm in diameter, fleshy, purple-blue when ripe.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: hirsutus: covered with long, moderately stiff and not interwoven hairs; hirsute
Habitat: In dry deciduous woodland.
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: From Sudan and Eritrea, south to Angola, Namibia and KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Also in Asia from the Arabian Peninsula to southern China.
Botswana distribution: N
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Eudocima materna (Larval foodplant)
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Literature:

Chapano, C., Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 9.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 236.

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 103. (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 62.

Roodt, V. (1998). Trees and Shrubs of the Okavango Delta Shell Field Guide Series: Part I Shell Oil Botswana, Gaberone. Pages 34 - 35. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 86.

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 219.

Troupin, G. (1960). Menispermaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(1) Pages 163 - 165. (Includes a picture).

Troupin, G. (1962). Monographie des Menispermaceae africaines Mémoires in-8° Nouvelle série XIII-2 Académie royale des Sciences d'Outre-Mer Pages 225 - 231. (Includes a picture).

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Flora of Caprivi: Cocculus hirsutus
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Flora of Mozambique: Cocculus hirsutus
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Flora of Zimbabwe: Cocculus hirsutus

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Cocculus hirsutus
African Plant Database: Cocculus hirsutus
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Cocculus hirsutus
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Cocculus hirsutus
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Cocculus hirsutus
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Cocculus hirsutus
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Cocculus hirsutus
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Cocculus hirsutus
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Cocculus hirsutus
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Cocculus hirsutus
Ispot Southern Africa: Cocculus hirsutus
JSTOR Plant Science: Cocculus hirsutus
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Cocculus hirsutus
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Cocculus hirsutus
The Plant List (version 1.1): Cocculus hirsutus
Tropicos: Cocculus hirsutus


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 Botswana: Species information: Cocculus hirsutus.
https://www.botswanaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=123630, retrieved 27 April 2018

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