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Discocapnos mundtii (Forest fumitory)

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Eudicotyledons > Order: Ranunculales > Family: Papaveraceae > Fumarioideae

Discocapnos mundtii (Forest fumitory) from Assegaaibos, showing flowers (top, middle), distinctive flattened, round fruit (bottom left) and terminal leaflets formed into tendrils (bottom right). [images Tony Rebelo , from Ispot]


A soft, climbing annual herb with terminal leaflets forming tendrils. Flowers are small and pink, each with a short triangular spur. Fruit are distinctively rounded and flattened with membranous, wing-like margin.

Distribution and habitat

Endemic to the Western Cape and Eastern Cape, South Africa, where it occurs in forest habitats.


  • Jordaan, M. 2000b. Fumariaceae. In: Seed Plants of Southern Africa (ed. O.A. Leistner). Strelitzia 10: 308-309. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.


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