Mikania natalensis DC.
(name current July 2011)
(needs confirmation July 2011)
Growth form: Climber
Restricted distribution within southern Africa
Found within protected areas
Description (Compton's Flora of Swaziland*):
Mikania cordata - Vigorous perennial climber, very sparsely hairy. Leaves opposite, well spaced; stalk up to 3 cm long; blade triangular, long-pointed, with pointed backward extensions, irregularly blunttoothed, c 8 cm long X 4 cm wide. Inflorescences lateral, common stalk c 5 cm long, loosely branched; flower-heads with slender stalks c 3 mm long; involucral bracts few, in one row, ribbed, hairless, c 7 mm long; receptacle flat; florets few in head, c 1 cm long; corollas white; anthers with membranous appendage; stylebranches protruding, very long; ovary five-angled, glandular; pappus of long bristles.
* Where species names have changed, these have been matched according to herbarium specimens quoted in this publication.