Hippocratea parviflora N.E. Br.

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Hippocratea parviflora

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Hippocratea parviflora

Photo: Bart Wursten

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Synonyms: Hippocratea hirtiuscula Dunkley
Hippocratea indica Willd. var. parviflora (N. E. Br.) Blakelock
Hippocratea indica sensu White p.p.
Reissantia parviflora (N.E. Br.) N. Hallé
Common names: Ribbed paddle-pod (English)
Status: Native
Liane up to 4·5 m high or more; stem green when young, becoming reddish-brown or purplish-brown, persistently 4-lined or 4-angled and pubescent Leaves oblong to oblong-elliptic or obovate, 5–8(12) cm long, deep green above, pale green below, sometimes with brownish venation, thinly textured, softly pubescent most densely on the midrib and veins or rarely almost hairless; margin glandular-denticulate; petiole 2–9 mm long, softly pubescent; stipules linear-filamentous with broad base, c. 0·5–1 mm long, reddish-brown, pubescent, not united. Flowers in more or less lax branched inflorescences; peduncles and inflorescence-branches quadrangular, pubescent; pedicels 0·5–2 mm. long; bracts triangular, c. 0·7 mm long, entire, pubescent. Sepals ovate-triangular to semicircular, c. 0·3 mm long, equal, greenish with paler margins, pubescent. Petals greenish to brownish, narrowly oblong, 0·8–1 mm long, with margin more or less incurved, hairless, suberect or ± spreading when open. Disk shallowly 3-lobed, surrounding the ovary. Stamens 3. Ovary with short style; stigmas completely united. Mericarps narrowly oblong to oblanceolate, 3·7–8 cm long, pale green or yellow-green, flattened, striate, 2-seeded. Seeds winged, with veins marginal and submedian.
Derivation of specific name: parviflora: small-flowered
Habitat: In woodland or thickets, often on Kalahari sand.
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Worldwide distribution: Central Tanzania, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia.
Botswana distribution: N
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Content last updated: Sunday 18 March 2018

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 519. (Includes a picture).

Coates Palgrave, K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Page 631.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 255.

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 33.

Robson, N.K.B. (1966). Celastraceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(2) Pages 414 - 415.

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Flora of Caprivi: Hippocratea parviflora
Flora of Mozambique: Hippocratea parviflora
Flora of Zambia: Hippocratea parviflora
Flora of Zimbabwe: Hippocratea parviflora

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Hippocratea parviflora
African Plant Database: Hippocratea parviflora
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JSTOR Plant Science: Hippocratea parviflora
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Hippocratea parviflora
Plants of the World Online: Hippocratea parviflora
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Wikipedia: Hippocratea parviflora

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Botswana: Species information: Hippocratea parviflora.
https://www.botswanaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=137180, retrieved 17 June 2024

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