Adenia glauca Schinz

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Adenia glauca

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Botswana International University of Science and Technology (BIUST), Palapye.

Adenia glauca

Photo: Murphy Tladi
Botswana International University of Science and Technology (BIUST), Palapye.

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Synonyms: Modecca glauca Schinz ex Engl. nom. nud.
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Status: Native
Climber, sometimes shrub-like, up to 3·5 m. high, with numerous stems growing from a thickened and more or less fleshy, above ground basal part up to c. 1 m high and up to 0·4 m wide. Leaves suborbicular in outline, 2–12 cm long and wide, 5-lobed right down to the base, greyish, bluish or purplish-grey, 5-veined from the base; petiole 1–5 cm long; leaf-segments ovate to oblong, 1–7 cm long, with 4–8 pairs of lateral veins and rather distinct reticulation; margin entire. Glands at the leaf-base 2, 1–2 mm in diameter, running into fleshy, brownish auricles. Stipules triangular, 1–1·5 mm long. Tendrils up to 10 cm long. Inflorescences axillary at the base of tendrils, 2–5-flowered in male, 1–3-flowered in female on peduncles 1-2 cm long. Pedicels 2–20 mm long. Flowers pale yellowish-green. Capsule ellipsoid, 1·8–2·5 cm long, with a thickly leathery outer shell, 3–5-seeded.
Derivation of specific name: glauca: blueish-green or glaucous, referring to the colour of the leaves.
Habitat: In rocky places in dry bushveld.
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Worldwide distribution: Southeastern Botswana and South Africa.
Botswana distribution: SE
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Content last updated: Friday 16 October 2020

Fabian, A. & Germishuizen, G. (1997). Wild Flowers of Northern South Africa. Fernwood Press, Vlaeburg. Pages 268 - 269. (Includes a picture).

Fernandes, R. & A. (1978). Passifloraceae Flora Zambesiaca 4 Page 388.

Kirby, G. (2013). Wild Flowers of Southeast Botswana Struik Nature, Cape Town South Africa Page 101. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 91.

Van Wyk, B. & Malan, S. (1988). Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of the Witwatersrand and Pretoria Region Struik, Cape Town Pages 170 - 171. (Includes a picture).

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External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Adenia glauca
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Adenia glauca
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Adenia glauca
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Adenia glauca
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Adenia glauca
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Adenia glauca
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Adenia glauca
iNaturalist: Adenia glauca
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Adenia glauca
JSTOR Plant Science: Adenia glauca
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Adenia glauca
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Adenia glauca
Plants of the World Online: Adenia glauca
Tropicos: Adenia glauca
Wikipedia: Adenia glauca

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-22

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2022). Flora of Botswana: Species information: Adenia glauca., retrieved 30 September 2022

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