Zehneria capillacea (Schumach.) C.Jeffrey

First published in Kew Bull. 15: 366 (1961 publ. 1962)
This species is accepted
The native range of this species is W. Tropical Africa to Uganda and Angola. It is a climbing annual and grows primarily in the seasonally dry tropical biome.

Descriptions

Cucurbitaceae, C. Jeffrey. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1967

Morphology General Habit
Slender herb trailing or climbing to 0.3 m.; stem almost glabrous.
Morphology Leaves
Leaf-blade triangular, ± scabrid-punctate above, smooth beneath except on the nerves, entire or ± sinuate or sinuate-toothed, obtuse and apiculate, 26–72 mm. long, 28–93 mm. broad; petiole 7–30 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Monoecious. Female flowers solitary, sometimes co-axillary with ♂; pedicel filiform, 26–56 mm. long; ovary fusiform with small basal collar, 3–5 mm. long, 1–2 mm. across; receptacle-tube 2 mm. long; lobes filiform, 0.5 mm. long; petals 2 mm. long, 1 mm. broad. Male flowers 1–2; pedicels filiform, 11–45 mm. long; receptacle-tube 2 mm. long; lobes triangular-lanceolate, 0.5 mm. long; petals white becoming cream when old, small; stamens 3, shortly inserted.
sex Male
Male flowers 1–2; pedicels filiform, 11–45 mm. long; receptacle-tube 2 mm. long; lobes triangular-lanceolate, 0.5 mm. long; petals white becoming cream when old, small; stamens 3, shortly inserted.
sex Female
Female flowers solitary, sometimes co-axillary with ♂; pedicel filiform, 26–56 mm. long; ovary fusiform with small basal collar, 3–5 mm. long, 1–2 mm. across; receptacle-tube 2 mm. long; lobes filiform, 0.5 mm. long; petals 2 mm. long, 1 mm. broad.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit on a slender 20–58 mm. long stalk, globose, red, 6–10 mm. in diameter.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds elliptic in outline, smooth, bordered, with depressed convex disk, 3.5–4.5 × 2.5 × 0.5 mm.
Habitat
Rain- and swamp-forest; 1150–1220 m.
Distribution
U4 west tropical Africa from Sierra Leone to Angola
[FTEA]

Extinction risk predictions for the world's flowering plants to support their conservation (2024). Bachman, S.P., Brown, M.J.M., Leão, T.C.C., Lughadha, E.N., Walker, B.E. https://nph.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/nph.19592

Conservation
Predicted extinction risk: not threatened. Confidence: confident
[AERP]

Cucurbitaceae, Hutchinson and Dalziel. Flora of West Tropical Africa 1:1. 1954

Morphology General Habit
A very slender climber
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers white
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Ripe berry reddish.
[FWTA]

Sources

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    • Flora of West Tropical Africa
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    • © Copyright 2023 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Vascular Plants. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0