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The flowers by Plantemania,

Author: Hermann August Theodor Harms, 1923
Origin:  Ethiopia, Kenya, Somaliland, Tanzania, Uganda
Soil:  Mix
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Medium
Thickness:  42-50 Centimetres
Height:  20-150 Centimetres
Flower:  Pale Yellow - Crème Colour
Propagate:  Seeds/(Cuttings?)
Names:  -
Synonyms:  Adenia toxicaria, Harms.
Adenia vitifolia, Hutch. & E.A.Bruce

This member of the Passifloraceae family was described by Hermann August Theodor Harms in 1923. It is found in Ethiopia, Kenya, Somaliland, Tanzania and Uganda, growing in a well drained soil with some water and some sun. The caudex can reach 25 centimetres in diameter, the vines from 20 to 150 centimetres. The flowers are from pale yellow to creamy.

Useful tip: The juice of the fruit, mixed in meat has been used to poison hyenas.

The name Adenia is derived from aden, meaning gland, and pertains to the glands found on leaves of most of the species. The species name for Dr. H. Ellenbeck, German physician who collected botanical material.