Coccinia adoensis (A. Rich.) Cogn.

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Coccinia adoensis

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Cleveland Dam, Harare

Coccinia adoensis

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Greystone Park Nature Reserve

Coccinia adoensis

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Rusape-Juliasdale road near London Store.

Coccinia adoensis

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Twentydales Extn, Epworth, Harare.

Coccinia adoensis

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Paul Hulley plantations, southern Vumba.

Coccinia adoensis

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Vumba road at Eagle School turn-off.

Coccinia adoensis

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Vumba road at Eagle School turn-off.

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Synonyms: Coccinia roseiflora Suess.
Momordica adoensis A. Rich.
Common names:
Status: Native
Perennial climber with annual stems, growing from a tuberous rootstock. Leaves extremely variable, from broadly ovate or pentagonal to deeply palmately 3-5 lobed, almost hairless, except for scattered hairs along the veins or shortly pubescent throughout; margins serrate. Tendrils simple. Flowers axillary, unisexual; male 4-20 together; female solitary. Corolla similar in both sexes, pale creamy yellow, salmon-pink or orange; lobes obovate, pointed, 1-3 cm long, united above the middle. Fruit ellipsoid-cylindric,often shortly beaked, surface smooth, orange-red, sometimes remaining greenish towards the base.
Derivation of specific name: adoensis: from Aden, Arabia
Habitat: Woodland and grassland.
Flowering time:Oct - Jan
Worldwide distribution: Tropical Africa from Ghana east to Sudan and south to South Africa
Botswana distribution: N
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Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 135. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 14.

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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 51.

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Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 238. (Includes a picture).

Jeffrey, C. (1978). Cucurbitaceae Flora Zambesiaca 4 Pages 446 - 447.

Jeffrey, C. & Fernandes, R.B. (1986). 80. Cucurbitaceae Flora de Moçambique Junta de Investigaçoes de Ultramar, Centro de Botanica Pages 51 - 54. (Includes a picture).

Kirby, G. (2013). Wild Flowers of Southeast Botswana Struik Nature, Cape Town South Africa Page 162. (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.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 44.

Pickering, H. & Roe, E. (2009). Wild Flowers of the Victoria Falls Area Helen Pickering, London Page 57. (Includes a picture).

Pooley, E. (1998). A Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Region. Natal Flora Publications Trust. Durban. Pages 308 - 309. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 52.

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 205.

Van Wyk, B. & Malan, S. (1988). Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of the Witwatersrand and Pretoria Region Struik, Cape Town Pages 128 - 129. (Includes a picture).

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Flora of Zimbabwe: Coccinia adoensis

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Coccinia adoensis
African Plant Database: Coccinia adoensis
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Coccinia adoensis
Plants of the World Online: Coccinia adoensis
Tropicos: Coccinia adoensis
Wikipedia: Coccinia adoensis

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: Coccinia adoensis., retrieved 24 July 2024

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