Soap Creeper

Helinus mysticinus (?)

Hycleus mysticinus by Michael PlagensHelinus mysticinus by Michael Plagens

Among roadside plants near Nairobi National Park, Kenya. Dec. 2015.

VINE: Climbs by tendrils which are flat-coiled and finely pubescent. Young stems are reddish. Older stems may reach up to 6 meters by climbing over other shrubs.

LEAVES: The leaves are oval in shape and the margins are smooth.

FLOWERS: Small whitish flowers with five petals appear in small clusters.

RANGE: Eastern tropical Africa growing especially at forest margins among rank vegetation.

FRUIT: Small dryish capsules covered with small tubercles.


Rhamnaceae -- Buckthorn Family

More Information:

Kenya Natural History

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