Momordica kirkii (Hook. f.) C. Jeffrey

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Momordica kirkii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nyaodza River bridge (northern end), Matiti Pool, near Kariba

Momordica kirkii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nyaodza River bridge (northern end), Matiti Pool, near Kariba

Momordica kirkii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nyaodza River bridge (northern end), Matiti Pool, near Kariba

Momordica kirkii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mana Pools, by main road to camp

Momordica kirkii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along road to workshop area, Rest Camp, Zambezi National Park.

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Synonyms: Raphanocarpus kirkii Hook. f.
Common names:
Status: Native
Perennial scrambler or climber. Stems annual, prostrate or scandent, growing from a tuberous rootstock. Tendrils simple. Leaves shallowly 5-lobed with short triangular lobes, giving the leaf a near-pentagonal outline. Base deeply cordate. Flowers solitary, axillary, unisexual on the same plant. Peduncles adnate to the leaf petioles, each flower appearing to arise from a leaf. Corolla bright orange; lobes obovate-obcuneate, bilobed. Male flowers 3.5-6 cm in diameter, much larger than female flowers. Fruit small, fusiform, ribbed, pubescent particularly on the ribs.
Derivation of specific name: kirkii: named after Dr John Kirk, who accompanied David Livingstone on his Zambezi expedition of 1858
Habitat: On sandy soils in deciduous and semi-deciduous woodland and wooded grassland.
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Worldwide distribution: Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Caprivi-Namibia.
Botswana distribution: N
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Content last updated: Monday 1 February 2016

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 39.

Jeffrey, C. (1978). Cucurbitaceae Flora Zambesiaca 4 Pages 428 - 429.

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.

Plowes, D.C.H. & Drummond, R.B. (1990). Wild Flowers of Zimbabwe. Revised edition. Longman, Zimbabwe. No. 136, plate 177

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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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: Momordica kirkii., retrieved 19 June 2024

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