African Plant Database

Momordica balsamina L.
Information on the genus : Momordica
Status for SA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Momordica involucrata E. Mey. ex Sond.
=Momordica schinzii Cogn.
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Climber or trailer to 1,5 m long; stems herbaceous.
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Ecology : Drier parts of tropical Africa: woodland, wooded grassland, riverine fringes, coastal bushland, dry beds and banks of rivers; sandy places; 0-1600 m alt. Botswana, Caprivi Strip, Namibia, S. Africa; Socotra, Arabia, India, Australia;
  Neotropics probably by introduction.
South. Afr.
Biol./Eco : perennial-Herb, Climber- Ht 0.5 - 5 m. Alt: 5 - 1465 m. Distribution: BOT, NAM, EC, FS, GA, KN, LP, MP, NC, NW, SWZ

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • Darbyshire, I. Kordofami, M. & al. (2015). The plants of Sudan and south Sudan, An annoted checklist. Kew Publishing

Bibliography for Southern Africa :
  • Bothalia 3: 256 (1937).
  • Ethnobotany of the Kwanyama Ovambos : 70 (1985).
  • List South. African Succ. Pl. : 65 (1997).
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carte afrique num 25993
Record n°25993
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