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This species is accepted, and its native range is SW. Ethiopia to Mozambique.

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Perennial creeper or climber to 1 m.; rootstook tuberous; stems slender, almost glabrous, rooting and forming small tubers at the nodes.
Morphology Leaves
Leaf-blade triangular, sometimes ± obscurely 5-lobed by lobing of the basal part of the leaf-margins, rarely sagittate or reniform, cordate at the base, entire or slightly sinuate-toothed, glabrous, somewhat punctate above, succulent, shining, dark green with pale green or marbled veins, rarely brownish-green with greyish veins, 26–60 mm. long, 27–76 mm. broad; petiole 6–28 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Monoecious. Female flowers solitary, often coaxillary with ♂, on 8–12 mm. long pedicels; ovary fusiform, beaked, 7–12 mm. long, 1–2.5 mm. across; receptacle-tube 2–2.5 mm. long; lobes 0.5 mm. long; petals 2–4 mm. long, 1–2 mm. broad, united below. Male flowers in rather contracted 7–21-flowered racemes on 7–41 mm. long peduncles; pedicels 1–13 mm. long; receptacle-tube 2.5–3.5 mm. long; lobes filiform, up to 0.5 mm. long; petals white with semi-transparent lines, becoming cream with age, 2–4 mm. long, 1.5–2 mm. broad; stamens 3, subsessile.
sex Male
Male flowers in rather contracted 7–21-flowered racemes on 7–41 mm. long peduncles; pedicels 1–13 mm. long; receptacle-tube 2.5–3.5 mm. long; lobes filiform, up to 0.5 mm. long; petals white with semi-transparent lines, becoming cream with age, 2–4 mm. long, 1.5–2 mm. broad; stamens 3, subsessile.
sex Female
Female flowers solitary, often coaxillary with ♂, on 8–12 mm. long pedicels; ovary fusiform, beaked, 7–12 mm. long, 1–2.5 mm. across; receptacle-tube 2–2.5 mm. long; lobes 0.5 mm. long; petals 2–4 mm. long, 1–2 mm. broad, united below.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit on a 6 mm. long stalk, fusiform, smooth, scarlet and translucent, 10–13.5 mm. long, 6–7 mm. across.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds pyriform in outline, compressed, with broad grooved edges, distinct raised margin and smooth convex depressed disk, 3.5 × 2 × 0.5 mm.
Habitat
Deciduous bushland; 0–1500 m.
Distribution
K1 K7 T3 U1 U2

[FZ]

Cucurbitaceae, C. Jeffrey. Flora Zambesiaca 4. 1978

Morphology General Habit
Stems glabrous, rooting and forming tubers at the nodes.
Morphology Leaves
Leaf-lamina 2–4·8 × 2·9–6·5 cm., succulent, triangular, weakly cordate at the base, slightly punctate above, glabrous beneath, plane or remotely sinuate-denticulate at the margins, unlobed or incipiently palmately 3-lobed.
Morphology Leaves Petiole
Petioles 0·8–3·3 cm. long, glabrous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers monoecious. Female flowers solitary, co-axillary with male; ovary 7–12 mm. long, fusiform, beaked; perianth as in male flower. male flowers 6–21 in racemiform or subumbelliform pedunculate axillary clusters; peduncles 0·7–4·1 cm. long; pedicels 1–13 mm. long. Receptacle-tube 2–3·5 mm. long; lobes up to 0·5 mm. long, filiform. Petals 2–4 mm. long, white, becoming cream with age.
sex Male
male flowers 6–21 in racemiform or subumbelliform pedunculate axillary clusters; peduncles 0·7–4·1 cm. long; pedicels 1–13 mm. long. Receptacle-tube 2–3·5 mm. long; lobes up to 0·5 mm. long, filiform. Petals 2–4 mm. long, white, becoming cream with age.
sex Female
Female flowers solitary, co-axillary with male; ovary 7–12 mm. long, fusiform, beaked; perianth as in male flower.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit 10–13·5 × 5–7 mm., fusiform, red; pedicel 5–7 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds 3·5–4 × 2·0–0–2·4 × 0·5–0·7 mm., ovate in outline, compressed, with thick grooved elevated margins and depressed slightly convex disk.

Native to:

Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique, Tanzania, Uganda

Zehneria pallidinervia (Harms) C.Jeffrey appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Drummond, R.B. [3807], Kenya 1765.000
Drummond, R.B. [2334], Tanzania 4665.000
Batty [1242], Tanzania 6049.401
Polhill, R. [661], Kenya 6597.000

First published in Kew Bull. 15: 368 (1961 publ. 1962)

Accepted by

  • Edwards, S., Tadesse, M. & Hedberg, I. (eds.) (1995). Flora of Ethiopia and Eritrea 2(2): 1-456. The National Herbarium, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia & The Department of Systematic Botany, Upps.
  • Jeffrey, C. (1967). Flora of Tropical East Africa, Cucurbitaceae: 1-156.
  • Launert, E. (ed.) (1978). Flora Zambesiaca 4: 1-658. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Edwards, S., Tadesse, M. & Hedberg, I. (eds.) (1995). Flora of Ethiopia and Eritrea 2(2): 1-456. The National Herbarium, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia & The Department of Systematic Botany, Upps.

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • C. Jeffrey in Kew Bulletin 15: 368 (1962).

Flora Zambesiaca
Flora Zambesiaca
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Flora of Tropical East Africa
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Herbarium Catalogue Specimens

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