Coccinia subsessiliflora (Cucurbitaceae) is newly recorded for Kenya, from South Nandi Forest. A morphological description and notes on its distribution and ecology are provided. A molecular phylogenetic analysis of 22 species of Coccinia based on the nuclear DNA sequence of the LEAFY-like 2nd intron was conducted, and the phylogenetic position of C. subsessiliflora is indicated
CAS Key Laboratory of Plant Germplasm Enhancement and Specialty Agriculture, Wuhan Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Wuhan 430074, Hubei, China East African Herbarium, National Museums of Kenya Nairobi Kenya.
A new plant species in the genus Zehneria (Cucurbitaceae) is here described and illustrated. The species was collected at Taita Hills tropical montane forests in Kenya, a fragment of the larger Eastern Arc Mountains biodiversity hotspot. The new species, Zehneria tuberifera, is similar to Z. oligosperma and Z. longiflora, but distinguished by its tuberous rhizome and subcoriaceous leaf blades. Furthermore, it has scattered bristles along the midrib on the adaxial surface of its young leaf blades, a shorter receptacle tube, a trilobed disk in the male flower, solitary or 2-clustered female flowers, and up-to-20-flowered and subumbelliform male inflorescences.