John Miers, 1849
Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, South Africa (Ghana, Madagascar, Mauritius, Réunion, India, Brazil)
Minimum - Medium
Chasmanthera columba, Baill.
Chasmanthera palmata, Baill.
Cocculus palmatus, DC.
Cocculus palmatus, Hook.
Jateorhiza columba, Miers
Jateorhiza miersii, Oliv.
Menispermum calumba, Stokes.
Menispermum columba, Roxb.
This member of the
was given this name by John Miers in 1849. It is found in Kenya, Tanzania,
Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe (and cultivated in Ghana, Madagascar,
Mauritius, Réunion, India, Brazil at least). It is growing in a rich soil with
quite some water and little to some sun. The caudex can grow to
eight centimetres in diameter, the entire plant
to five metres in height. The flowers are greenish white.
The genera name
Jateorhiza originates from Greek iater; 'doctor', and
rhiza; 'root', evidently in allusion to its healing virtues.
The species name palmata from Latin; pálma, due to the
shape of the leaves that resembles the palm of the hand.
The male flowers by Günter Baumann,
The female flowers by Günter Baumann, Eol.org.
The leaf by Bart Wursten, Zimbabweflora.co.zw.