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This species is accepted, and its native range is S. Tropical Africa.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FZ]

Cucurbitaceae, C. Jeffrey. Flora Zambesiaca 4. 1978

Morphology General Habit
Stem slender, glabrous or almost so.
Morphology Leaves
Leaf-lamina 2·3–7·2 × 1·5–6·2 cm., membraneous, ovate or narrowly ovate, cordate or subtruncate at the base, finely punctate above, glabrous or almost so except for a few short setulae on veins beneath, unlobed, prominently sinuate-denticulate, acuminate, obtuse to acute, apiculate.
Morphology Leaves Petiole
Petioles 0·7–5·2 cm. long, glabrous or almost so.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers monoecious. male flowers solitary or 1–10 in racemiform or subumbelliform male or bisexual (with 1–2 female flowers) pedunculate axillary clusters, usually co-axillary with a long-pedicellate solitary flower; peduncles 0·6–4·8 cm. long; pedicels of racemose flowers 1–5 mm. long, of solitary co-axillary flower 3–12 mm. long. Receptacle-tube 2–4 mm. long; lobes 0·2–0·7 mm. long, dentiform. Petals 1·5–2·5 mm. long. Female flowers solitary, sometimes co-axillary with a male inflorescence, or 1–5 in racemiform or subumbelliform bisexual (with 1–4 male flowers) or rarely wholly female pedunculate axillary clusters; peduncles 0·8–2·5 cm. long; pedicels of racemose flowers 2·5–5 mm. long, of solitary flowers 2·5–12 mm. long; ovary 3–3·5 mm. long, ellipsoid, rostrate; perianth as in male flowers.
sex Male
male flowers solitary or 1–10 in racemiform or subumbelliform male or bisexual (with 1–2 female flowers) pedunculate axillary clusters, usually co-axillary with a long-pedicellate solitary flower; peduncles 0·6–4·8 cm. long; pedicels of racemose flowers 1–5 mm. long, of solitary co-axillary flower 3–12 mm. long. Receptacle-tube 2–4 mm. long; lobes 0·2–0·7 mm. long, dentiform. Petals 1·5–2·5 mm. long.
sex Female
Female flowers solitary, sometimes co-axillary with a male inflorescence, or 1–5 in racemiform or subumbelliform bisexual (with 1–4 male flowers) or rarely wholly female pedunculate axillary clusters; peduncles 0·8–2·5 cm. long; pedicels of racemose flowers 2·5–5 mm. long, of solitary flowers 2·5–12 mm. long; ovary 3–3·5 mm. long, ellipsoid, rostrate; perianth as in male flowers.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruits 8–10 mm. in diameter, glabrous, globose; pedicels 4–14 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds 2·5–2·8 × 1·4–1·6 × 0·2 mm., elliptic in outline, smooth, compressed.

Native to:

Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Zehneria microsperma Hook.f. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Meller, C.J. [s.n.], Malawi K000313279 Unknown type material
Meller, C.J. [s.n.], Malawi K000313280 Unknown type material
Wild, H. [S.R.G.H. 447], Zimbabwe Melothria microsperma 1735.000

First published in D.Oliver & auct. suc. (eds.), Fl. Trop. Afr. 2: 559 (1871)

Accepted by

  • Launert, E. (ed.) (1978). Flora Zambesiaca 4: 1-658. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Launert, E. (ed.) (1978). Flora Zambesiaca 4: 1-658. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Flora Zambesiaca
Flora Zambesiaca
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Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
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Kew Backbone Distributions
The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2021. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
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Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2021. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
© Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0