Mondia whitei (Hook.f.) Skeels
(name current 2016)
Growth form: Tree
Restricted distribution within southern Africa
Swaziland abundance: rare
Swaziland distribution: one quarter degree grid square only
Red Data Book Information:
Distribution: Siteki, Ubombo
Widespread, and probably utilised everywhere. Known from several collections in Swaziland. Harvested for medicinal purposes. Nothing is known about the rates of utilisation in Swaziland, and distributions from herbarium collections in Swaziland could not be confirmed.
Description (Compton's Flora of Swaziland*):
Chlorocodon whytei - Tall climber. Leaf-stalk c 5 cm long, blade up to 15 cm long x 10 cm wide, rounded or heart-shaped at base, downy; leaf-bases connected by toothed frill. Inflorescence lateral, up to 15 cm long; sepals c 5 mm long x 3 mm wide; corolla five-lobed nearly to base, purple; corona lobes five, fleshy, white with spreading purple projection, up to 5 mm long; stamens anstng from base of corolla, anther-tips uniting in cone, pollen granular; fruit-halves up to 10 cm long x 3 cm wide, spreading, seeds flattened with apical tuft of hairs.
* Where species names have changed, these have been matched according to herbarium specimens quoted in this publication.