Photo of a wild plant by David Moyer,
Regrettably, I fail to find a photo of the caudex; please
if you have
A wild plant by Robert v Bittersdorf, Malawiflora.com.
The fruits by Warren McCleland,
Wilhelm Gerhard Walpers, 1842
Angola, Benin, Burundi,
Cameroon, Central African Republic, Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Guinea, Gulf of
Guinea Islands, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sudan,
South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Yemen, Zambia, Za´re, Zimbabwe
Mix - Rich
Dill. & Rich. 1840.
Menispermum schimperi, Hochst. 1841.
Stephania bullata, Miers, 1866.
Stephania laevigata, Miers,1866
Stephania fastosa Miers, 1866.
Stephania abyssinica var. tomentella, Oliv.
dioecious member of the
was given this name by Wilhelm Gerhard Walpers in 1842. It is found in central
and southern Africa, growing in a well drained
and rich soil with some water and some sun. The caudex can grow to
30 centimetres in diameter - I think, the entire plant
to 10 metres in height. The flowers are greenish with a dark centre.
The genera name after Stephan
Ladislaus Endlicher, 1804-1849, an Austrian botanist who formulated
a major system of plant classification. The species name means 'from
Abyssinia', present day Ethiopia.