African Plant Database

Momordica charantia L.
Protologue : Sp. Pl. 2: 1009 (1753)  
Information on the genus : Momordica
Status for MA : accepted (present)
Status for SA : accepted (naturalised-introduced)
Status for TA : accepted (naturalised-introduced)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Momordica charantia L. subsp. charantia
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Momordica thollonii Cogn. (1888)
Taxon infra-specific
Momordica charantia subsp. macroloba Ach.-Dako & Blattner (2008)
Momordica charantia L. subsp. charantia
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Annual climber or trailer to 5 m long; stems herbaceous, strapshaped at the base.
Ecology : Rain-forest and riverine forest, elephant-grass thicket and in plantations; sandy soils; grassy savanna, swamp; also ruderal; 0-1650 m alt. Cultivated. Pantropical, but probably introduced in the New World; S. Africa.
South. Afr.
Biol./Eco : perennial-Herb, Climber- Ht 0.5 - 5 m. Alt: 120 - 750 m. Distribution: NAM, KN, MP
Biol./Eco : Herb, Liana; distribution: Africa.

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • Peyre de Fabrègues B. & J. P. Lebrun (1976). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Niger. Maison Alfort
  • Boudet G. & J.P. Lebrun (1986). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Mali. Etudes et Synthèses IEMVT 16
  • Cat. Pl. Vasc. Burkina Faso:199 (2012)
  • Darbyshire, I. Kordofami, M. & al. (2015). The plants of Sudan and South Sudan, An annoted checklist. Kew Publishing
  • César J. & C. Chatelain (2019). Flore illustrée du Tchad. Conservatoire et Jardin botaniques de Genève, Coopération Suisse & Univ. N'Djaména
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Record n°25996 modified 2007-04-16
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