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This species is accepted, and its native range is SW. Ethiopia to Malawi.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Climber to 3.5 m.; stems slightly pubescent.
Morphology Leaves
Leaf-blade ovate-triangular in outline, cordate or subtruncate, sinuate or subentire and ± toothed, acuminate and apiculate, scabrid-punctate above, 50–108 mm. long, 45–77 mm. broad, sometimes obscurely palmately 3–5-lobed; petiole 11–48 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Dioecious. Female flowers rarely solitary, usually in sessile or pedunculate umbelliform clusters of 2–18; peduncle up to 27 mm. long; pedicels 3–15 mm. long; ovary subglobose, 3–3.5 mm. long, 2 mm. across; receptacle-tube hairy in the mouth, 2–2.7 mm. long; lobes triangular-subulate, 0.5–1 mm. long; petals 2.5–3 mm. long, 1–2 mm. broad. Male flowers in sessile or shortly pedunculate umbelliform clusters of 4–11, with peduncle up to 3 mm. long and 4–19 mm. long pedicels, often with one coaxillary solitary flower; receptacle-tube campanulate, somewhat narrowed just below the mouth, hairy inside, 3–3.5 mm. long; lobes triangular-filiform, 0.7–1.2 mm. long; petals white, becoming cream then yellow when old, 3–4 mm. long, 1.5–2.5 mm. broad; stamens 3; filaments long.
sex Male
Male flowers in sessile or shortly pedunculate umbelliform clusters of 4–11, with peduncle up to 3 mm. long and 4–19 mm. long pedicels, often with one coaxillary solitary flower; receptacle-tube campanulate, somewhat narrowed just below the mouth, hairy inside, 3–3.5 mm. long; lobes triangular-filiform, 0.7–1.2 mm. long; petals white, becoming cream then yellow when old, 3–4 mm. long, 1.5–2.5 mm. broad; stamens 3; filaments long.
sex Female
Female flowers rarely solitary, usually in sessile or pedunculate umbelliform clusters of 2–18; peduncle up to 27 mm. long; pedicels 3–15 mm. long; ovary subglobose, 3–3.5 mm. long, 2 mm. across; receptacle-tube hairy in the mouth, 2–2.7 mm. long; lobes triangular-subulate, 0.5–1 mm. long; petals 2.5–3 mm. long, 1–2 mm. broad.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruits in sessile or shortly pedunculate clusters of 1–4, on 11–45 mm. long pedicels, globose, 7–11 mm. in diameter, bright red, punctate when dry.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds broadly ovate in outline, lenticular, bordered, ± 5 × 4 × 1 mm.
Habitat
Rain-, swamp and other ground-water forest, also moist places in deciduous bushland; 370–2340 m.
Distribution
K6 K7 T1 T3 T5 T6 T7 U2

Native to:

Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda, Zaïre

Zehneria oligosperma C.Jeffrey appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Jun 1, 1965 Drummond, R.B. [2915], Tanzania K000313420 holotype
Drummond, R.B. [3080], Tanzania 1764.000
Drummond, R.B. [4333], Kenya 1778.000
Polhill, R. [1148], Tanzania 5002.000
Drummond, R.B. [2915], Tanzania 6525.000

First published in Kew Bull. 15: 367 (1961 publ. 1962)

Accepted by

  • Edwards, S., Tadesse, M., Demissew, S. & Hedberg, I. (eds.) (2000). Flora of Ethiopia and Eritrea 2(1): 1-532. The National Herbarium, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia & The Department of Systematic Botany, Upps.
  • Jeffrey, C. (1967). Flora of Tropical East Africa, Cucurbitaceae: 1-156.
  • Keraudren-Aymonin, M. (1975). Flore d'Afrique Centrale (Zaire-rwanda-Burundi), Cucurbitaceae: 1-152. Jardin Botanique National de Belgique.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Edwards, S., Tadesse, M., Demissew, S. & Hedberg, I. (eds.) (2000). Flora of Ethiopia and Eritrea 2(1): 1-532. The National Herbarium, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia & The Department of Systematic Botany, Upps.
  • Keraudren-Aymonin, M. (1975). Flore d'Afrique Centrale (Zaire-rwanda-Burundi), Cucurbitaceae: 1-152. Jardin Botanique National de Belgique.

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • C. Jeffrey in Kew Bulletin 15: 367 (1962).

Flora of Tropical East Africa
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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/
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