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Found this plant at Mbuyu.


The flowers by B. T. Wursten, Zambiaflora.com.


Found this plant at Copenhagen Botanical Garden.

Author:  Georges M.D.J. Troupin, 1955
Family:  MENISPERMACEAE
Origin:  Angola, Botswana, Burundi, Central African Republic, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Sudan, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe
Soil:  Mix
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Medium
Thickness:  25 Centimetres
Height:  5 Metres
Flower:  Greenish
Propagate:  Seeds/?
Names:  Orange Grape Creeper 
Synonyms:  Desmonema caffrum, Miers, 1867.
Hyalosepalum caffrum
, Troupin, 1949.
Desmonema gossweileri,
Exell.
Desmonema mucronulatum,
Engl.
Desmonema pallidoaurantiaca,
Engl. & Gilg.
Desmonema schliebenii,
Diels.
Desmonema schweinfurthii,
A.Chev.
Hyalosepalum gossweileri,
Exell & Mendonça.
Hyalosepalum pallidoaurantiacum,
Troupin
.

This dioecious member of the Menispermaceae family was given this name by Georges M.D.J. Troupin in 1955. It is found from eastern Africa to southern Africa, growing in a well drained soil with some water and some sun. The caudex can grow to 25 centimetres, the vines reach five metres. The flowers are greenish.

The genera from Latin tīna; 'wine-vessel' and Greek σπορά; sporá; 'sowing'  for the fruits. The species name from Arabic kafir; 'unbeliever, pagan', referring to origin in South Africa.


The flowers by B. T. Wursten, Zambiaflora.com.